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  1. Photoelectron Spectra

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Bock, Hans; Mollere, Phillip D.

    1974-01-01

    Presents an experimental approach to teaching molecular orbital models. Suggests utilizing photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory as complementary approaches to teaching the qualitative concepts basic to molecular orbital theory. (SLH)

  2. Photoelectron Spectra

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    Bock, Hans; Mollere, Phillip D.

    1974-01-01

    Presents an experimental approach to teaching molecular orbital models. Suggests utilizing photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory as complementary approaches to teaching the qualitative concepts basic to molecular orbital theory. (SLH)

  3. Handbook of Monochromatic XPS Spectra, Semiconductors

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    Crist, B. Vincent

    2000-10-01

    This handbook is one of three containing an invaluable collection of research grade XPS Spectra. Each handbook concentrates on a specific family of materials (the elements and their native oxides, semiconductors and polymers) and is entirely self-contained. The introductory section to each handbook includes comprehensive information about the XPS instrument used, the materials and the advanced methods used to collect the spectra. Energy resolution settings, instrument characteristics, energy referencing methods, traceability, energy scale calibration details and transmission function are all reported. Among the many valuable features included in each of these handbooks are: ? All spectra were measured by using AlK monochromatic X-rays ? All spectra were collected in a self-consistent manner to maximise data reliability and quality ? All peaks in the wide spectra are fully annotated and accompanied by detailed atom % tables that report BEs for each of the labelled peaks ? Each high-energy resolution spectrum is peak-fitted and accompanied by detailed tables containing binding energies, FWHMs and relative percentages. In this volume 'Semiconductors' are contained XPS Spectra from a wide range of semiconductive materials and related materials, a rare tool for scientists and analysts in this area. Exclusive features of this volume include: ? Binding energies are accurate to +/- 0.08eV ? Charge compensation was done with a flood-gun mesh-screen system ? Valence band spectra document the occupied density of states (DOS) and the fundamental electronic nature of the semi-conductive materials analysed ? Analyses were done: "as received", "freshly fractured in air", "ion etched" and "chemically treated" ? Alphabetically organised by chemical abbreviations for ease of locating each material This handbook is an invaluable reference for materials scientists and electrical engineers in industry, academia and government laboratories interested in the analysis of semiconductors

  4. On the Photoelectron Spectra of Li4

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    The most stable structure for Li4(-) is found to be the rhombus. Electron detachment from this structure does not seem able to fully explain the photoelectron spectra. The computed results are consistent with those Rao, Jena, and Ray who have proposed that the experimental spectra consists of a superposition of detachment from the Li4(-) rhombus and tetrahedron, forming the singlet and triplet states of Li4, respectively.

  5. Simulation of XPS C1s spectra of organic monolayers by quantum chemical methods.

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    Giesbers, Marcel; Marcelis, Antonius T M; Zuilhof, Han

    2013-04-16

    Several simple methods are presented and evaluated to simulate the X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of organic monolayers and polymeric layers by density functional theory (DFT) and second-order Møller-Plesset theory (MP2) in combination with a series of basis sets. The simulated carbon (C1s) XPS spectra as obtained via B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) or M11/6-311G(d,p) calculations are in good agreement (average mean error <0.3 eV) with the experimental spectra, and good estimates of C1s spectra can be obtained via E(C1s)(exp) = 0.9698EC1s(theory) + 20.34 (in eV) (B3LYP/6-311G(d,p)). As a result, the simulated C1s XPS spectra can elucidate the binding energies of the different carbon species within an organic layer and, in this way, greatly aid the assignment of complicated C1s XPS spectra. The paper gives a wide range of examples, including haloalkanes, esters, (thio-)ethers, leaving groups, clickable functionalities, and bioactive moieties.

  6. Quantitative analysis of satellite structures in XPS spectra of gold and silver

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    Pauly, N.; Yubero, F.; Tougaard, S.

    2016-10-01

    Identification of specific chemical states and local electronic environments at surfaces by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is often difficult because it is not straightforward to quantitatively interpret the shape and intensity of shake-up structures that originate from the photoexcitation process. Indeed the shape and intensity of measured XPS structures are strongly affected by both extrinsic excitations due to electron transport out of the surface and intrinsic excitations induced by the sudden creation of the static core hole. These processes must be taken into account to quantitatively extract, from experimental XPS, the primary excitation spectrum of the considered transition which includes all effects that are part of the initial photo-excitation process, i.e. lifetime broadening, spin-orbit coupling, and multiplet splitting. It was previously shown [N. Pauly, S. Tougaard, F. Yubero, Surf. Sci. 620 (2014) 17] that both extrinsic and intrinsic excitations could be included in an effective energy-differential inelastic electron scattering cross section for XPS which is then convoluted with the primary excitation spectrum to model the full XPS spectrum. This method can thus be applied to determine the primary excitation spectrum from any XPS spectrum. We use this approach in the present paper to determine the Au 4f and Ag 3d photoemission spectra from pure metals. We observe that characteristic energy loss features of the XPS spectra are not only due to photoelectron energy losses. We thus prove the existence of a double shake-up process characterized by a 4d → 5s/5p transition for Ag and a 5d → 6s/6p transition for Au. We finally accurately quantify the energy position and intensity of these shake-up peaks.

  7. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) studies

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    Neely, W. C.; Bozak, M. J.; Williams, J. R.

    1993-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) studies of each of sample received were completed. Since low angle X-ray could not be performed because of instrumentation problems, Auger spectrometry was employed instead. The results of these measurements for each of the samples is discussed in turn.

  8. An X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Study of Activated Carbons Impregnated with some Organocopper Complexes,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-10-01

    AD-A282 721 l lllllll a Dfene Defence nationals AN X.RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY (XPS) STUDY OF ACTIVATED CARBONS IMPREGNATED WITH SOME... ammoniacal solution as a carrier into which all impregnants (except TEDA) were dissolved. Without a suitable carrier, and with the inherent low vapor...and will not be repeated here. All five complexes were synthesized at DREO using known methods. 2 2.2 IMPREGNATING PROCEDURES Two impregnating

  9. Elastic and inelastic contributions to the XPS photoelectron diffraction patterns of Ni(100) and NiO(100)

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    Steiner, P.; Straub, Th.; Reinert, Fr.; Zimmermann, R.; Hüfner, S.

    1993-07-01

    XPS spectra of Ni(100) and NiO(100) single crystals, measured as a function of the polar angle in the [100]-[010] emission plane, are successfully decomposed into their elastic (intrinsic spectrum) and inelastic contributions using the background subtraction procedure as proposed by Tougaard et al. [Phys. Rev. B 25 (1981) 4452; Surf. Interface Anal. 11 (1988) 453; J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 52 (1990) 243], with an electron energy loss function deduced from experimental electron energy loss spectra. The inelastic background correction factor shows a diffraction pattern which anticorrelates nearly linearly to the photoelectron diffraction pattern of the intrinsic spectrum, that is its maxima and minima coincide with the minima and maxima of the latter. This behaviour can be described by a simple model, based on heuristic arguments on inelastic and elastic losses and "defocusing" due to multiple scattering along densely packed rows of atoms in the lattice. The consequence of different background subtraction procedures on the shape of the XPS diffraction pattern and for the quantification of XPS data is discussed.

  10. Quantum optimal control of photoelectron spectra and angular distributions

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    Goetz, R. Esteban; Karamatskou, Antonia; Santra, Robin; Koch, Christiane P.

    2016-01-01

    Photoelectron spectra and photoelectron angular distributions obtained in photoionization reveal important information on, e.g., charge transfer or hole coherence in the parent ion. Here we show that optimal control of the underlying quantum dynamics can be used to enhance desired features in the photoelectron spectra and angular distributions. To this end, we combine Krotov's method for optimal control theory with the time-dependent configuration interaction singles formalism and a splitting approach to calculate photoelectron spectra and angular distributions. The optimization target can account for specific desired properties in the photoelectron angular distribution alone, in the photoelectron spectrum, or in both. We demonstrate the method for hydrogen and then apply it to argon under strong XUV radiation, maximizing the difference of emission into the upper and lower hemispheres, in order to realize directed electron emission in the XUV regime.

  11. Repair and Utilization of the Kratos XSAM 800 X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)

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    Hampton, Michael D.

    2002-01-01

    The objectives for this summer faculty fellowship were first to repair the Kratos XSAM 800 X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) and then to utilize the instrument to participate in ongoing research projects at KSC and in the researcher's own laboratory at UCF. The first 6 weeks were used in repairing the instrument. Working both alone and with the Kratos service engineer, a number of hardware problems, largely associated with the sample stage control system, were corrected. Defective parts were identified and fixed in the computer driver boards, the stage power supply, and the driver interface. The power supply was completely replaced. After four weeks of work, the instrument was functional. This occurred on a Wednesday. The following Friday the instrument had to be completely shut down because the power to the O & C Building was to be turned off. The instrument was properly secured. On Monday, the instrument was powered up and the original problems returned. After another 2 weeks of work, a software problem was identified. This problem caused the computer to use a defective port for the sample stage control. It was circumvented by rewriting the startup routine. The final 3 weeks of the fellowship were spent using the XPS to analyze samples being studied in the Langley materials project (Martha Williams) and a catalyst project (Dr. Orlando Melendez). During this time, several sample analysis requests from other groups at KSC also came in and those samples were run as well. The summer faculty fellowship also allowed many contacts to be made. After meeting with the sensors group, two projects were identified for collaboration and white papers are being prepared. One project aims to develop small, very sensitive hydrogen detectors and the other to develop a broad area, easily monitored, zero power consumption hydrogen detector. In addition to the work mentioned above, the XPS was utilized in a study underway in Dr. Hampton's laboratory at UCF.

  12. Repair and Utilization of the Kratos XSAM 800 X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)

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    Hampton, Michael D.

    2002-01-01

    The objectives for this summer faculty fellowship were first to repair the Kratos XSAM 800 X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) and then to utilize the instrument to participate in ongoing research projects at KSC and in the researcher's own laboratory at UCF. The first 6 weeks were used in repairing the instrument. Working both alone and with the Kratos service engineer, a number of hardware problems, largely associated with the sample stage control system, were corrected. Defective parts were identified and fixed in the computer driver boards, the stage power supply, and the driver interface. The power supply was completely replaced. After four weeks of work, the instrument was functional. This occurred on a Wednesday. The following Friday the instrument had to be completely shut down because the power to the O & C Building was to be turned off. The instrument was properly secured. On Monday, the instrument was powered up and the original problems returned. After another 2 weeks of work, a software problem was identified. This problem caused the computer to use a defective port for the sample stage control. It was circumvented by rewriting the startup routine. The final 3 weeks of the fellowship were spent using the XPS to analyze samples being studied in the Langley materials project (Martha Williams) and a catalyst project (Dr. Orlando Melendez). During this time, several sample analysis requests from other groups at KSC also came in and those samples were run as well. The summer faculty fellowship also allowed many contacts to be made. After meeting with the sensors group, two projects were identified for collaboration and white papers are being prepared. One project aims to develop small, very sensitive hydrogen detectors and the other to develop a broad area, easily monitored, zero power consumption hydrogen detector. In addition to the work mentioned above, the XPS was utilized in a study underway in Dr. Hampton's laboratory at UCF.

  13. The Interpretation of XPS Spectra: Insights Into Materials Properties

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    Bagus, Paul S.; Ilton, Eugene S.; Nelin, Constance J.

    2013-06-01

    We review basic and advanced concepts needed for the correct analysis of XPS features. We place these concepts on rigorous foundations and explore their physical and chemical meanings without stressing the derivation of the mathematical formulations, which can be found in the cited literature. The significance and value of combining theory and experiment is demonstrated by discussions of the physical and chemical origins of the main and satellite XPS features for a variety of molecular and condensed phase materials.

  14. An XPS (X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) Study of the Composition of Thin Polyimide Films Formed by Vapor Deposition.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-07-15

    1985) 2857. 13. B. D. Silverman, J. W. Bartha, J. G. Clabes, P. S Ho and A. R. Rossi, J. Polym . Sci. Part A 24 (1986) 3325. 14. E. Cartier , P. Pfluger...Benzenetetracarboxylic anhydride (PMDA), imidization, polymer , in situ, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS),Cu(111) 20. ABSTRACT (Continue an...ODA) and 1,2,4,5 Benzenetetracarboxylic anhydride (PMDA). The imidization reaction leading to polymer formation was followed in situ with X-ray

  15. Interatomic scattering in energy dependent photoelectron spectra of Ar clusters

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    Patanen, M.; Benkoula, S.; Nicolas, C.; Goel, A.; Antonsson, E.; Neville, J. J.; Miron, C.

    2015-09-28

    Soft X-ray photoelectron spectra of Ar 2p levels of atomic argon and argon clusters are recorded over an extended range of photon energies. The Ar 2p intensity ratios between atomic argon and clusters’ surface and bulk components reveal oscillations similar to photoelectron extended X-ray absorption fine structure signal (PEXAFS). We demonstrate here that this technique allows us to analyze separately the PEXAFS signals from surface and bulk sites of free-standing, neutral clusters, revealing a bond contraction at the surface.

  16. A poly-epoxy surface explored by Hartree-Fock ΔSCF simulations of C1s XPS spectra

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    Gavrielides, A.; Duguet, T.; Esvan, J.; Lacaze-Dufaure, C.; Bagus, P. S.

    2016-08-01

    Whereas poly-epoxy polymers represent a class of materials with a wide range of applications, the structural disorder makes them difficult to model. In the present work, we use good experimental model samples in the sense that they are pure, fully polymerized, flat and smooth, defect-free, and suitable for ultrahigh vacuum x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, experiments. In parallel, we perform Hartree-Fock, HF, calculations of the binding energies, BEs, of the C1s electrons in a model molecule composed of the two constituents of the poly-epoxy sample. These C1s BEs were determined using the HF ΔSCF method, which is known to yield accurate values, especially for the shifts of the BEs, ΔBEs. We demonstrate the benefits of combining rigorous theory with careful XPS measurements in order to obtain correct assignments of the C1s XPS spectra of the polymer sample. Both the relative binding energies—by the ΔSCF method—and relative intensities—in the sudden approximation, SA, are calculated. It results in an excellent match with the experimental spectra. We are able to identify 9 different chemical environments under the C1s peak, where an exclusively experimental work would have found only 3 contributions. In addition, we observe that some contributions are localized at discrete binding energies, whereas others allow a much wider range because of the variation of their second neighbor bound polarization. Therefore, HF-ΔSCF simulations significantly increase the spectral resolution of XPS and thus offer a new avenue for the exploration of the surface of polymers.

  17. The He(I) photoelectron spectra of lipid phosphatides

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    Ballard, R. E.; Jones, Jimmy; Read, Derek; Inchley, Andrew

    1986-12-01

    Complete layers of some lipids are formed spontaneously on the surfaces of solutions of sufficient concentration in certain solvents, e.g. phosphatidylcholine (egg lecithin) and phosphatidylinositol (wheat germ) dissolved in hydroxypropionitrile. The He(I) photoelectron spectra of phosphatides in such layers contain: (1) a broad band, assigned to alkyl groups, with maximum intensity at about 11 eV, (2) another broad band at about 8 eV, assigned to the PO -4 group with about 1 % of the band area of (1).

  18. Surface chemical composition of human maxillary first premolar as assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

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    Lou, Leo; Nelson, Alan E.; Heo, Giseon; Major, Paul W.

    2008-08-01

    The surface chemical composition of dental enamel has been postulated as a contributing factor in the variation of bond strength of brackets bonded to teeth, and hence, the probability of bracket failure during orthodontic treatment. This study systematically investigated the chemical composition of 98 bonding surfaces of human maxillary premolars using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to ascertain compositional differences between right and left first premolars. The major elements detected in all samples were calcium, phosphorus, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. Surface compositions were highly variable between samples and several elements were found to be highly correlated. No statistical significant difference in the chemical composition of the maxillary right and left first premolars was found ( p > 0.05). Knowledge of the chemical composition of enamel surfaces will facilitate future studies that relate this information to the variations in dental enamel bond strength.

  19. X-ray photoelectron spectra of MgH2

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    He, Z. X.; Pong, W.

    1990-06-01

    Measurements of X-ray photoemission from magnesium hydride MgH2 were made in an effort to further the fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of this metal hydride. The polycrystalline MgH2 was compressed onto a metal holder to provide a smooth solid surface in a dry nitrogen box and then transferred into a ESCA system without exposure to air. Measurements were made immediately after the surface was scrapped in the vacuum. The binding energies of the photoelectrons from Mg 2s and 2p states were found to be 88.9 ± 0.2eV, and 50.1 ± 0.2eV, respectively. The valence band spectrum shows an effective base width of approximately 8.8eV, which is in reasonable agreement with the recent band structure calculation for MgH2. The photoelectron spectra also display features that can be identified as volume plasmon energy loss of 14.6 ± 0.2eV. The data can be shown to be useful in calculating the average band gap energy (5.80eV) for MgH2.

  20. On the analysis of photo-electron spectra

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    Gao, C.-Z.; Dinh, P.M.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Suraud, E.

    2015-09-15

    We analyze Photo-Electron Spectra (PES) for a variety of excitation mechanisms from a simple mono-frequency laser pulse to involved combination of pulses as used, e.g., in attosecond experiments. In the case of simple pulses, the peaks in PES reflect the occupied single-particle levels in combination with the given laser frequency. This usual, simple rule may badly fail in the case of excitation pulses with mixed frequencies and if resonant modes of the system are significantly excited. We thus develop an extension of the usual rule to cover all possible excitation scenarios, including mixed frequencies in the attosecond regime. We find that the spectral distributions of dipole, monopole and quadrupole power for the given excitation taken together and properly shifted by the single-particle energies provide a pertinent picture of the PES in all situations. This leads to the derivation of a generalized relation allowing to understand photo-electron yields even in complex experimental setups.

  1. X-ray photoelectron spectra of iron-sulphur proteins.

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    Andrews, P T; Johnson, C E; Wallbank, B; Cammack, R; Hall, D O; Rao, K K

    1975-01-01

    The X-ray photoelectron spectra of the 2p, 3s and 3p levels of iron in oxidized Clostridium pasteurianum ferredoxin indicate that the eight iron atoms in the molecule are indistinguishable. Their magnetic state is indicated both by core polarization splitting of the 3s electrons, and by "shake-up' satellites on the 2p lines. Similar satellites are observed in the 2p lines of reduced Chromatium high-potential iron-sulphur proteins and oxidized spinach ferredoxin, indicating that there too the iron atoms are magnetic. The low observed magnetic susceptibility of these proteins is therefore due to spin-coupling between the iron atoms in the active centre. PMID:1180907

  2. Surface study of stainless steel electrode deposition from soil electrokinetic (EK) treatment using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

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    Embong, Zaidi; Johar, Saffuwan; Tajudin, Saiful Azhar Ahmad; Sahdan, Mohd Zainizan

    2015-04-29

    Electrokinetic (EK) remediation relies upon application of a low-intensity direct current through the soil between stainless steel electrodes that are divided into a cathode array and an anode array. This mobilizes charged species, causing ions and water to move toward the electrodes. Metal ions and positively charged organic compounds move toward the cathode. Anions such as chloride, fluoride, nitrate, and negatively charged organic compounds move toward the anode. Here, this remediation techniques lead to a formation of a deposition at the both cathode and anode surface that mainly contributed byanion and cation from the remediated soil. In this research, Renggam-Jerangau soil species (HaplicAcrisol + RhodicFerralsol) with a surveymeter reading of 38.0 ± 3.9 μR/hr has been investigation in order to study the mobility of the anion and cation under the influence electric field. Prior to the EK treatment, the elemental composition of the soil and the stainless steel electrode are measured using XRF analyses. Next, the soil sample is remediated at a constant electric potential of 30 V within an hour of treatment period. A surface study for the deposition layer of the cathode and anode using X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that a narrow photoelectron signal from oxygen O 1s, carbon, C 1s silica, Si 2p, aluminium, Al 2p and chromium, Cr 2p exhibited on the electrode surface and indicate that a different in photoelectron intensity for each element on both electrode surface. In this paper, the mechanism of Si{sup 2+} and Al{sup 2+} cation mobility under the influence of voltage potential between the cathode and anode will be discussed in detail.

  3. Depth-profiling X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of interlayer diffusion in polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Gilbert, Jonathan B; Rubner, Michael F; Cohen, Robert E

    2013-04-23

    Functional organic thin films often demand precise control over the nanometer-level structure. Interlayer diffusion of materials may destroy this precise structure; therefore, a better understanding of when interlayer diffusion occurs and how to control it is needed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy paired with C60(+) cluster ion sputtering enables high-resolution analysis of the atomic composition and chemical state of organic thin films with depth. Using this technique, we explore issues common to the polyelectrolyte multilayer field, such as the competition between hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions in multilayers, blocking interlayer diffusion of polymers, the exchange of film components with a surrounding solution, and the extent and kinetics of interlayer diffusion. The diffusion coefficient of chitosan (M = ∼100 kDa) in swollen hydrogen-bonded poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylic acid) multilayer films was examined and determined to be 1.4*10(-12) cm(2)/s. Using the high-resolution data, we show that upon chitosan diffusion into the hydrogen-bonded region, poly(ethylene oxide) is displaced from the film. Under the conditions tested, a single layer of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) completely stops chitosan diffusion. We expect our results to enhance the understanding of how to control polyelectrolyte multilayer structure, what chemical compositional changes occur with diffusion, and under what conditions polymers in the film exchange with the solution.

  4. Depth-profiling X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of interlayer diffusion in polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Gilbert, Jonathan B.; Rubner, Michael F.; Cohen, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    Functional organic thin films often demand precise control over the nanometer-level structure. Interlayer diffusion of materials may destroy this precise structure; therefore, a better understanding of when interlayer diffusion occurs and how to control it is needed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy paired with C60+ cluster ion sputtering enables high-resolution analysis of the atomic composition and chemical state of organic thin films with depth. Using this technique, we explore issues common to the polyelectrolyte multilayer field, such as the competition between hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions in multilayers, blocking interlayer diffusion of polymers, the exchange of film components with a surrounding solution, and the extent and kinetics of interlayer diffusion. The diffusion coefficient of chitosan (M = ∼100 kDa) in swollen hydrogen-bonded poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylic acid) multilayer films was examined and determined to be 1.4*10−12 cm2/s. Using the high-resolution data, we show that upon chitosan diffusion into the hydrogen-bonded region, poly(ethylene oxide) is displaced from the film. Under the conditions tested, a single layer of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) completely stops chitosan diffusion. We expect our results to enhance the understanding of how to control polyelectrolyte multilayer structure, what chemical compositional changes occur with diffusion, and under what conditions polymers in the film exchange with the solution. PMID:23569265

  5. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) investigation of the surface film on magnesium powders.

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    Burke, Paul J; Bayindir, Zeynel; Kipouros, Georges J

    2012-05-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys are attractive for use in automotive and aerospace applications because of their low density and good mechanical properties. However, difficulty in forming magnesium and the limited number of available commercial alloys limit their use. Powder metallurgy may be a suitable solution for forming near-net-shape parts. However, sintering pure magnesium presents difficulties due to surface film that forms on the magnesium powder particles. The present work investigates the composition of the surface film that forms on the surface of pure magnesium powders exposed to atmospheric conditions and on pure magnesium powders after compaction under uniaxial pressing at a pressure of 500 MPa and sintering under argon at 600 °C for 40 minutes. Initially, focused ion beam microscopy was utilized to determine the thickness of the surface layer of the magnesium powder and found it to be ~10 nm. The X-ray photoelectron analysis of the green magnesium sample prior to sintering confirmed the presence of MgO, MgCO(3)·3H(2)O, and Mg(OH)(2) in the surface layer of the powder with a core of pure magnesium. The outer portion of the surface layer was found to contain MgCO(3)·3H(2)O and Mg(OH)(2), while the inner portion of the layer is primarily MgO. After sintering, the MgCO(3)·3H(2)O was found to be almost completely absent, and the amount of Mg(OH)(2) was also decreased significantly. This is postulated to occur by decomposition of the compounds to MgO and gases during the high temperature of sintering. An increase in the MgO content after sintering supports this theory.

  6. Application of maximum-entropy spectral estimation to deconvolution of XPS data. [X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Klein, J. D.; Barton, J. J.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1981-01-01

    A comparison is made between maximum-entropy spectral estimation and traditional methods of deconvolution used in electron spectroscopy. The maximum-entropy method is found to have higher resolution-enhancement capabilities and, if the broadening function is known, can be used with no adjustable parameters with a high degree of reliability. The method and its use in practice are briefly described, and a criterion is given for choosing the optimal order for the prediction filter based on the prediction-error power sequence. The method is demonstrated on a test case and applied to X-ray photoelectron spectra.

  7. First experimental photoelectron spectra of superhalogens and their theoretical interpretations

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    Wang, X.; Ding, C.; Wang, L. |; Boldyrev, A.I.; Simons, J.

    1999-03-01

    Photoelectron spectra of the MX{sub 2}{sup {minus}} (M=Li, Na; X=Cl, Br, I) superhalogen anions have been obtained for the first time. The first vertical detachment energies (VDEs) were measured to be 5.92{plus_minus}0.04 (LiCl{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.86{plus_minus}0.06 (NaCl{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.42{plus_minus}0.03 (LiBr{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.36{plus_minus}0.06 (NaBr{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 4.88{plus_minus}0.03 (LiI{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), and 4.84{plus_minus}0.06 eV (NaI{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), which are all well above the 3.61 eV electron detachment energy of Cl{sup {minus}}, the highest among atomic anions. Experimental photoelectron spectra have been assigned on the basis of {ital ab initio} outer valence Green function (OVGF) calculations. The corresponding theoretical first VDEs were found to be 5.90 (LiCl{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.81 (NaCl{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.48 (LiBr{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 5.43 (NaBr{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), 4.57 (LiI{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), and 4.50 eV (NaI{sub 2}{sup {minus}}), in excellent agreement with the experimental values. Photodetachment from the top four valence molecular orbitals (2{sigma}{sub g}{sup 2}2{sigma}{sub u}{sup 2}1{pi}{sub u}{sup 4}1{pi}{sub g}{sup 4}) of MX{sub 2}{sup {minus}} was observed. Analysis of the polestrength showed that all electron detachment channels in this study can be described as primarily one-electron processes. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Theoretical Studies of Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectra of IBr^-

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    Horvath, Samantha; McCoy, Anne B.; Pitzer, Russell M.

    2009-06-01

    In the present study, we examine the time-resolved photoelectron spectra of IBr^-. In the photodetachment studies performed by Sanov and co-workers and Lineberger and co-workers, the anionic species, prepared in its electronic ground state (^2Σ_{1/2}^+), is excited to either its \\Atilde' (^2Π_{3/2}) or \\Btilde (^2Σ_{1/2}^+) excited state, before electron photodetachment and dissociation on the \\Ctilde (^1Π_1) or higher-lying excited states of the neutral species, respectively. In this work, we use the electronic structure program Columbus to calculate the six lowest electronic states of IBr^- and the ten lowest Σ states of IBr at the MR-SO-CISD/aug-cc-pVDZ level of theory/basis, using relativistic core potentials for I and Br. Experimentally determined electronic states of IBr are also used. Vibrational eigenstates for these electronic states are calculated in a discrete variable representation, and propagation of the thermally populated \\Xtilde-state vibrational wave functions on either the \\Atilde' or \\Btilde electronic states of the anion is performed using a Lanczos scheme. We then take time-dependent overlaps between these propagated states and the vibrational eigenstates of the neutral surface. Results for IBr^- show good agreement with the experimental time-resolved spectra. Extensions to IBr^-(CO_2)_n (n < 2) will also be discussed. R. Mabbs, K. Pichugin, and A. Sanov, J. Chem. Phys., 2005 122, 174305 Leonid Sheps, Elisa M. Miller, and W. C. Lineberger (private communication) E. Wrede, S. Laubach, S. Schulenburg, A. Brown, E. R. Wouters, A. J. Orr-Ewing, and M. N. R. Ashfold, J. Chem. Phys., 2001, 114(6), 2629. D. T. Colbert and W. H. Miller, J. Chem. Phys., 1992, 96(3), 1982

  9. Photoelectron spectra with QPROP and t-SURFF

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    Mosert, Volker; Bauer, Dieter

    2016-10-01

    Calculating strong-field, momentum-resolved photoelectron spectra (PES) from numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) is a very demanding task due to the large spatial excursions and drifts of electrons in intense laser fields. The time-dependent surface flux (t-SURFF) method for the calculation of PES [Tao and Scrinzi (2012)] allows to keep the numerical grid much smaller than the space over which the wavefunction would be spread at the end of the laser pulse. We present an implementation of the t-SURFF method in the well established TDSE-solver QPROP [Bauer and Koval (2006)]. QPROP efficiently propagates wavefunctions for single-active electron systems with spherically symmetric binding potentials in classical, linearly (along z) or elliptically (in the xy-plane) polarized laser fields in dipole approximation. Its combination with t-SURFF makes the simulation of PES feasible in cases where it is just too expensive to keep the entire wavefunction on the numerical grid, e.g., in the long-wavelength or long-pulse regime.

  10. Calculation of photoelectron spectra: A mean-field-based scheme

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    Dinh, P. M.; Romaniello, P.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Suraud, E.

    2013-03-01

    In a previous work, Pohl [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.84.5090 84, 5090 (2000)] have proposed a simple scheme for the evaluation of photoelectron spectra of clusters subject to a laser field by collecting one-particle wave functions at a given measuring point close to absorbing boundaries. The scheme gives reliable results for low and moderate laser fields, but it shows failures for strong laser fields. The formulation relies on the assumption of free-electron propagation close to the boundaries. The laser field, however, can still be active when the first bunches of outgoing electrons reach the measuring point, and therefore the free-particle scenario may not hold anymore in case of high laser intensities. In this paper, hence, we generalize the method by using a model of “free” particles in the presence of an electromagnetic dipole field. Numerical tests show that this generalized scheme reduces to that of Pohl for low and moderate laser intensities, whereas it considerably improves the results of the latter for high intensities, thus extending the applicability of the method.

  11. Understanding Chemical versus Electrostatic Shifts in X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of Organic Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    2016-01-01

    The focus of the present article is on understanding the insight that X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements can provide when studying self-assembled monolayers. Comparing density functional theory calculations to experimental data on deliberately chosen model systems, we show that both the chemical environment and electrostatic effects arising from a superposition of molecular dipoles influence the measured core-level binding energies to a significant degree. The crucial role of the often overlooked electrostatic effects in polar self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is unambiguously demonstrated by changing the dipole density through varying the SAM coverage. As a consequence of this effect, care has to be taken when extracting chemical information from the XP spectra of ordered organic adsorbate layers. Our results, furthermore, imply that XPS is a powerful tool for probing local variations in the electrostatic energy in nanoscopic systems, especially in SAMs. PMID:26937264

  12. Understanding Chemical versus Electrostatic Shifts in X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of Organic Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Taucher, Thomas C; Hehn, Iris; Hofmann, Oliver T; Zharnikov, Michael; Zojer, Egbert

    2016-02-18

    The focus of the present article is on understanding the insight that X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements can provide when studying self-assembled monolayers. Comparing density functional theory calculations to experimental data on deliberately chosen model systems, we show that both the chemical environment and electrostatic effects arising from a superposition of molecular dipoles influence the measured core-level binding energies to a significant degree. The crucial role of the often overlooked electrostatic effects in polar self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is unambiguously demonstrated by changing the dipole density through varying the SAM coverage. As a consequence of this effect, care has to be taken when extracting chemical information from the XP spectra of ordered organic adsorbate layers. Our results, furthermore, imply that XPS is a powerful tool for probing local variations in the electrostatic energy in nanoscopic systems, especially in SAMs.

  13. A SIMS (secondary ion mass spectrometry) and XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) study of dissolving plagioclase

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    Muir, I.J. ); Bancroft, G.M.; Nesbitt, H.W. ); Shotyk, W. )

    1990-08-01

    In an earlier report, the authors showed that altered layers formed on the surface of dissolving labradorite feldspar grains, and that the thickness of these layers (up to hundreds of angstroms) is strongly dependent on the pH of the reactant solution. In this paper, they show that the thickness of these altered layers also depends strongly on the composition of the plagioclase feldspar. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been used to characterize these altered layers. During dissolution, Ca and Al are removed from the solid material to form an altered layer residually enriched in Si with very similar profiles for Ca and Al. In acidic solutions (pH 3.5) for 90 days, the altered layers increase in thickness from a few hundred angstroms to many hundred angstroms in the order: albite < oligoclase < labradorite < bytownite. These results emphasize the central role of hydrolysis of the bridging Si-O-Al bonds in the initial weathering process. Analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) does not provide any evidence for the growth of secondary phases. Extensive dissolution features (etch pits) were observed on many of the reacted surfaces.

  14. An XPS study of the stability of Fomblin Z25 on the native oxide of aluminum. [x ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Herrera-Fierro, Pilar; Pepper, Stephen V.; Jones, William R.

    1991-01-01

    Thin films of Fomblin Z25, a perfluoropolyalkylether lubricant, were vapor deposited onto clean, oxidized aluminum and sapphire surfaces, and their behavior at different temperatures was studied using x ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). It was found that the interfacial fluid molecules decompose on the native oxide at room temperature, and continue to decompose at elevated temperatures, as previous studies had shown to occur on clean metal. TDS indicated that different degradation mechanisms were operative for clean and oxidized aluminum. On sapphire substrates, no reaction was observed at room temperature. Our conclusion is that the native oxide of aluminum is neither passive nor protective towards Fomblin Z25. At high temperatures (150 C) degradation of the polymer on sapphire produced a debris layer at the interface with a chemical composition similar to the one formed on aluminum oxide. Rubbing a Fomblin film on a single crystal sapphire also induced the decomposition of the lubricant in contact with the interface and the formulation of a debris layer.

  15. Assignment of benzodiazepine UV absorption spectra by the use of photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Khvostenko, O. G.; Tzeplin, E. E.; Lomakin, G. S.

    2002-04-01

    Correlations between singlet transition energies and energy gaps of corresponding pairs of occupied and unoccupied molecular orbitals were revealed in a series of benzodiazepines. The occupied orbital energies were taken from the photoelectron spectra of the compound investigated, the unoccupied ones were obtained from MNDO/d calculations, and the singlet energies were taken from the UV absorption spectra. The correspondence of the singlet transitions to certain molecular orbitals was established using MNDO/d calculations and comparing between UV and photoelectron spectra. It has been concluded that photoelectron spectroscopy can be applied for interpretation of UV absorption spectra of various compounds on the basis of similar correlations.

  16. Quantitative x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy: Quadrupole effects, shake-up, Shirley background, and relative sensitivity factors from a database of true x-ray photoelectron spectra

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    Seah, M. P.; Gilmore, I. S.

    2006-05-01

    An analysis is provided of the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) intensities measured in the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) XPS database for 46 solid elements. This present analysis does not change our previous conclusions concerning the excellent correlation between experimental intensities, following deconvolving the spectra with angle-averaged reflection electron energy loss data, and the theoretical intensities involving the dipole approximation using Scofield's cross sections. Here, more recent calculations for cross sections by Trzhaskovskaya et al. involving quadrupole terms are evaluated and it is shown that their cross sections diverge from the experimental database results by up to a factor of 5. The quadrupole angular terms lead to small corrections that are close to our measurement limit but do appear to be supported in the present analysis. Measurements of the extent of shake-up for the 46 elements broadly agree with the calculations of Yarzhemsky et al. but not in detail. The predicted constancy in the shake-up contribution by Yarzhemsky et al. implies that the use of the Shirley background will lead to a peak area that is a constant fraction of the true peak area including the shake-up intensities. However, the measured variability of the shake-up contribution makes the Shirley background invalid for quantification except for situations where the sensitivity factors are from reference samples similar to those being analyzed.

  17. Photoelectron spectra of Si-substituted (chloromethyl)silanes

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    Zykov, B.G.; Khvostenko, V.I.; Voronkov, M.G.; Yur'ev, V.P.; Lomakin, G.S.; Suslova, E.N.

    1981-11-01

    Using photoelectron spectroscopy it has been established that in methylcholorosilanes (and in chlorosilanes) there is an interaction of the atomic 3d-orbitals of silicon with the unshared electron pair of the chlorine atom which influences the ionization potential of the molecule without however changing the order of molecular orbitals in comparison with tetramethylsilane. Using this method, we decided to study the possibility of an analogous interaction in molecules of trisubstituted (chloromethyl)silanes, in which the chlorine and silicon atoms are separated by a methylene group.

  18. An XPS (X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) Study of the Composition of Thin Polyimide Films Formed by Vapor Deposition.

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    1987-07-15

    Deposition, volycrystalline ? Silver, 0xidianiline (ODA), Benzenetetracarboxylic anhydride (PMDA), .- imidization, polymer , in situ, X-ray Photoelectron...imidization reaction leading to polymer formation was followed in situ with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The uncertainties inherent in a...is an important polymer for application in solid state electronic technology because of its favorable dielectric properties and high thermal

  19. Symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction calculation of the photoelectron spectra of famous biological active steroids

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    Abyar, Fatemeh; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2014-11-01

    The photoelectron spectra of some famous steroids, important in biology, were calculated in the gas phase. The selected steroids were 5α-androstane-3,11,17-trione, 4-androstane-3,11,17-trione, cortisol, cortisone, corticosterone, dexamethasone, estradiol and cholesterol. The calculations were performed employing symmetry-adapted cluster/configuration interaction (SAC-CI) method using the 6-311++G(2df,pd) basis set. The population ratios of conformers of each steroid were calculated and used for simulating the photoelectron spectrum of steroid. It was found that more than one conformer contribute to the photoelectron spectra of some steroids. To confirm the calculated photoelectron spectra, they compared with their corresponding experimental spectra. There were no experimental gas phase Hesbnd I photoelectron spectra for some of the steroids of this work in the literature and their calculated spectra can show a part of intrinsic characteristics of this molecules in the gas phase. The canonical molecular orbitals involved in the ionization of each steroid were calculated at the HF/6-311++g(d,p) level of theory. The spectral bands of each steroid were assigned by natural bonding orbital (NBO) calculations. Knowing the electronic structures of steroids helps us to understand their biological activities and find which sites of steroid become active when a modification is performing under a biological pathway.

  20. Self-consistent modelling of X-ray photoelectron spectra from air-exposed polycrystalline TiN thin films

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    Greczynski, G.; Hultman, L.

    2016-11-01

    We present first self-consistent modelling of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) Ti 2p, N 1s, O 1s, and C 1s core level spectra with a cross-peak quantitative agreement for a series of TiN thin films grown by dc magnetron sputtering and oxidized to different extent by varying the venting temperature Tv of the vacuum chamber before removing the deposited samples. So-obtained film series constitute a model case for XPS application studies, where certain degree of atmosphere exposure during sample transfer to the XPS instrument is unavoidable. The challenge is to extract information about surface chemistry without invoking destructive pre-cleaning with noble gas ions. All TiN surfaces are thus analyzed in the as-received state by XPS using monochromatic Al Kα radiation (hν = 1486.6 eV). Details of line shapes and relative peak areas obtained from deconvolution of the reference Ti 2p and N 1 s spectra representative of a native TiN surface serve as an input to model complex core level signals from air-exposed surfaces, where contributions from oxides and oxynitrides make the task very challenging considering the influence of the whole deposition process at hand. The essential part of the presented approach is that the deconvolution process is not only guided by the comparison to the reference binding energy values that often show large spread, but in order to increase reliability of the extracted chemical information the requirement for both qualitative and quantitative self-consistency between component peaks belonging to the same chemical species is imposed across all core-level spectra (including often neglected O 1s and C 1s signals). The relative ratios between contributions from different chemical species vary as a function of Tv presenting a self-consistency check for our model. We propose that the cross-peak self-consistency should be a prerequisite for reliable XPS peak modelling as it enhances credibility of obtained chemical information, while relying

  1. Revealing Deactivation Pathways Hidden in Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectra

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-10-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is commonly employed with the intention to monitor electronic excited-state dynamics occurring in a neutral molecule. With the help of theory, we show that when excited-state processes occur on similar time scales the different relaxation pathways are completely obscured in the total photoionization signal recorded in the experiment. Using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics and Dyson norms, we calculate the photoionization signal of cytosine and disentangle the transient contributions originating from the different deactivation pathways of its tautomers. In the simulations, the total signal from the relevant keto and enol tautomers can be decomposed into contributions either from the neutral electronic state populations or from the distinct mechanistic pathways across the multiple potential surfaces. The lifetimes corresponding to these contributions cannot be extracted from the experiment, thereby illustrating that new experimental setups are necessary to unravel the intricate non-adiabatic pathways occurring in polyatomic molecules after irradiation by light.

  2. Photoelectron Spectra of Aqueous Solutions from First Principles

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    Gaiduk, Alex P.; Govoni, Marco; Seidel, Robert; Skone, Jonathan H.; Winter, Bernd; Galli, Giulia

    2016-06-08

    We present a combined computational and experimental study of the photoelectron spectrum of a simple aqueous solution of NaCl. Measurements were conducted on microjets, and first-principles calculations were performed using hybrid functionals and many-body perturbation theory at the G0W0 level, starting with wave functions computed in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show excellent agreement between theory and experiments for the positions of both the solute and solvent excitation energies on an absolute energy scale and for peak intensities. The best comparison was obtained using wave functions obtained with dielectric-dependent self-consistent and range-separated hybrid functionals. Our computational protocol opens the way to accurate, predictive calculations of the electronic properties of electrolytes, of interest to a variety of energy problems.

  3. Revealing Deactivation Pathways Hidden in Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectra

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-01-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is commonly employed with the intention to monitor electronic excited-state dynamics occurring in a neutral molecule. With the help of theory, we show that when excited-state processes occur on similar time scales the different relaxation pathways are completely obscured in the total photoionization signal recorded in the experiment. Using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics and Dyson norms, we calculate the photoionization signal of cytosine and disentangle the transient contributions originating from the different deactivation pathways of its tautomers. In the simulations, the total signal from the relevant keto and enol tautomers can be decomposed into contributions either from the neutral electronic state populations or from the distinct mechanistic pathways across the multiple potential surfaces. The lifetimes corresponding to these contributions cannot be extracted from the experiment, thereby illustrating that new experimental setups are necessary to unravel the intricate non-adiabatic pathways occurring in polyatomic molecules after irradiation by light. PMID:27762396

  4. Post-collision-interaction distortion of low-energy photoelectron spectra associated with double Auger decay

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    Gerchikov, L.; Sheinerman, S.

    2011-08-15

    Atomic inner-shell photoionization followed by double Auger decay is investigated. The focus of our study is the effect of post-collision interaction (PCI) on the photoelectron energy distribution. A semi-classical approach is employed to describe the PCI distortion of the photoelectron line shapes associated with both direct and cascade double Auger decays. This approach is shown to be valid at low photoelectron energies, whereas for large incident photon energies it reduces to the eikonal approximation. The theory is applied to the case of Ar 2p photoionization spectra and good agreement with available experimental data is achieved.

  5. Presence of monovalent oxygen anions in oxides demonstrated using X-ray photoelectron spectra

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    Wu, L. Q.; Li, Z. Z.; Tang, G. D. Qi, W. H.; Xue, L. C.; Ding, L. L.; Ge, X. S.; Li, S. Q.; Li, Y. C.

    2016-01-11

    The oxygen vacancy model has been used to explain the magnetic and electrical transport properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors and resistive switching. In particular, some authors have claimed that they found a symmetric peak corresponding to the oxygen vacancies in O1s photoelectron spectra. In this paper, using X-ray photoelectron spectra with argon ion etching, it is shown that this symmetric peak may also be interpreted as being related to O{sup 1−} anions, rather than to oxygen vacancies.

  6. Vibrationally resolved high-resolution NEXAFS and XPS spectra of phenanthrene and coronene

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    Fronzoni, Giovanna; Baseggio, Oscar; Stener, Mauro; Hua, Weijie; Tian, Guangjun; Luo, Yi; Apicella, Barbara; Alfé, Michela; Simone, Monica de; Kivimäki, Antti; Coreno, Marcello

    2014-07-28

    We performed a combined experimental and theoretical study of the C1s Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine-Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy in the gas phase of two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (phenanthrene and coronene), typically formed in combustion reactions. In the NEXAFS of both molecules, a double-peak structure appears in the C1s → LUMO region, which differ by less than 1 eV in transition energies. The vibronic coupling is found to play an important role in such systems. It leads to weakening of the lower-energy peak and strengthening of the higher-energy one because the 0 − n (n > 0) vibrational progressions of the lower-energy peak appear in nearly the same region of the higher-energy peak. Vibrationally resolved theoretical spectra computed within the Frank-Condon (FC) approximation and linear coupling model agree well with the high-resolution experimental results. We find that FC-active normal modes all correspond to in-plane vibrations.

  7. Electronic and geometric properties of Au nanoparticles on Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) studied using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM).

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    Lopez-Salido, Ignacio; Lim, Dong Chan; Dietsche, Rainer; Bertram, Nils; Kim, Young Dok

    2006-01-26

    Au nanoparticles grown on mildly sputtered Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) surfaces were studied using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The results were compared with those of Ag nanoparticles on the same substrate. By varying the defect densities of HOPG and the Au coverages, one can create Au nanoparticles in various sizes. At high Au coverages, the structures of the Au films significantly deviate from the ideal truncated octahedral form: the existence of many steps between different Au atomic layers can be observed, most likely due to a high activation barrier of the diffusion of Au atoms across the step edges. This implies that the particle growth at room temperature is strongly limited by kinetic factors. Hexagonal shapes of Au structures could be identified, indicating preferential growth of Au nanostructures along the (111) direction normal to the surface. In the case of Au, XPS studies reveal a weaker core level shift with decreasing particle size compared to the 3d level in similarly sized Ag particles. Also taking into account the Auger analysis of the Ag particles, the core level shifts of the metal nanoparticles on HOPG can be understood in terms of the metal/substrate charge transfer. Ag is (partially) positively charged, whereas Au negatively charged on HOPG. It is demonstrated that XPS can be a useful tool to study metal-support interactions, which plays an important role for heterogeneous catalysis, for example.

  8. Derivation of dielectric function and inelastic mean free path from photoelectron energy-loss spectra of amorphous carbon surfaces

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    David, Denis; Godet, Christian

    2016-11-01

    Photoelectron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (PEELS) is a highly valuable non destructive tool in applied surface science because it gives access to both chemical composition and electronic properties of surfaces, including the near-surface dielectric function. An algorithm is proposed for real materials to make full use of experimental X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). To illustrate the capabilities and limitations of this algorithm, the near-surface dielectric function ε(ℏω) of a wide range of amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films is derived from energy losses measured in XPS, using a dielectric response theory which relates ε(ℏω) and the bulk plasmon (BP) loss distribution. Self-consistent separation of bulk vs surface plasmon excitations, deconvolution of multiple BP losses and evaluation of Bethe-Born sensitivity factors for bulk and surface loss distributions are crucial to obtain several material parameters: (1) energy loss function for BP excitation, (2) dielectric function of the near-surface material (3-5 nm depth sensitivity), (3) inelastic mean free path, λP (E0), for plasmon excitation, (4) surface excitation parameter, (5) effective number NEFF of valence electrons participating in the plasma oscillation. This photoelectron energy loss spectra analysis has been applied to a-C and a-C:H films grown by physical and chemical methods with a wide range of (sp3/sp2 + sp3) hybridization, optical gap and average plasmon energy values. Different methods are assessed to accurately remove the photoemission peak tail at low loss energy (0-10 eV) due to many-body interactions during the photo-ionization process. The σ + π plasmon excitation represents the main energy-loss channel in a-C; as the C atom density decreases, λP (970 eV) increases from 1.22 nm to 1.6 nm, assuming a cutoff plasmon wavenumber given by a free electron model. The π-π* and σ-σ* transitions observed in the retrieved dielectric function are discussed as a function of the average (sp3/sp

  9. XPS spectra of uranyl minerals and synthetic uranyl compounds. II: The O 1s spectrum

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    Schindler, M.; Hawthorne, F. C.; Freund, M. S.; Burns, P. C.

    2009-05-01

    The O 1s spectrum is examined for 19 uranyl minerals of different composition and structure. Spectra from single crystals were measured with a Kratos Axis Ultra X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer with a magnetic-confinement charge-compensation system. Well-resolved spectra with distinct maxima, shoulders and inflections points, in combination with reported and measured binding energies for specific O 2- species and structural data of the uranyl minerals are used to resolve the fine structure of the O 1s envelope. The resolution of the O 1s spectra includes, for the first time, different O 2- bands, which are assigned to O atoms linking uranyl with uranyl polyhedra ( Usbnd Osbnd U) and O atoms of uranyl groups ( Odbnd Udbnd O). The resolved bands in the O 1s spectrum occur at distinct ranges in binding energy: bands for ( Usbnd Osbnd U) occur at 529.6-530.4 eV, bands for ( Odbnd Udbnd O) occur at 530.6-531.4 eV, bands for O 2- in the equatorial plane of the uranyl polyhedra linking uranyl polyhedra with ( TO n) groups ( T = Si, S, C, P, Se) ( Tsbnd O) occur at 530.9-532.2 eV; bands for (OH) groups in the equatorial plane of the uranyl polyhedra ( OH) occur at 532.0-532.5 eV, bands of (H 2O) groups in the interstitial complex of the uranyl minerals ( H2O interst) occur at 533.0-533.8 eV and bands of physisorbed (H 2O) groups on the surface of uranyl minerals ( H2O adsorb) occur at 534.8-535.2 eV. Treatment of uranyl minerals with acidic solutions results in a decrease in Usbnd Osbnd U and an increase in OH. Differences in the ratio of OH : Odbnd Udbnd O between the surface and bulk structure is larger for uranyl minerals with a high number of Usbnd Osbnd U and Tsbnd O species in the bulk structure which is explained by protonation of underbonded Usbnd O, Usbnd Osbnd U and Tsbnd O terminations on the surface. The difference in the ratio of H2O interst : Odbnd Udbnd O between the bulk and surface structures is larger for uranyl minerals with higher percentages of H2O

  10. Photoelectron spectra of dihalomethyl anions: Testing the limits of normal mode analysis

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    Vogelhuber, Kristen M.; Wren, Scott W.; McCoy, Anne B.; Ervin, Kent M.; Lineberger, W. Carl

    2011-05-01

    We report the 364-nm negative ion photoelectron spectra of CHX2- and CDX2-, where X = Cl, Br, and I. The pyramidal dihalomethyl anions undergo a large geometry change upon electron photodetachment to become nearly planar, resulting in multiple extended vibrational progressions in the photoelectron spectra. The normal mode analysis that successfully models photoelectron spectra when geometry changes are modest is unable to reproduce qualitatively the experimental data using physically reasonable parameters. Specifically, the harmonic normal mode analysis using Cartesian displacement coordinates results in much more C-H stretch excitation than is observed, leading to a simulated photoelectron spectrum that is much broader than that which is seen experimentally. A (2 + 1)-dimensional anharmonic coupled-mode analysis much better reproduces the observed vibrational structure. We obtain an estimate of the adiabatic electron affinity of each dihalomethyl radical studied. The electron affinity of CHCl2 and CDCl2 is 1.3(2) eV, of CHBr2 and CDBr2 is 1.9(2) eV, and of CHI2 and CDI2 is 1.9(2) eV. Analysis of the experimental spectra illustrates the limits of the conventional normal mode approach and shows the type of analysis required for substantial geometry changes when multiple modes are active upon photodetachment.

  11. Photoelectron spectra of 2-thiouracil, 4-thiouracil, and 2,4-dithiouracil

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-02-01

    Ground- and excited-state UV photoelectron spectra of thiouracils (2-thiouracil, 4-thiouracil, and 2,4-dithiouracil) have been simulated using multireference configuration interaction calculations and Dyson norms as a measure for the photoionization intensity. Except for a constant shift, the calculated spectrum of 2-thiouracil agrees very well with experiment, while no experimental spectra are available for the two other compounds. For all three molecules, the photoelectron spectra show distinct bands due to ionization of the sulphur and oxygen lone pairs and the pyrimidine π system. The excited-state photoelectron spectra of 2-thiouracil show bands at much lower energies than in the ground state spectrum, allowing to monitor the excited-state population in time-resolved UV photoelectron spectroscopy experiments. However, the results also reveal that single-photon ionization probe schemes alone will not allow monitoring all photodynamic processes existing in 2-thiouracil. Especially, due to overlapping bands of singlet and triplet states the clear observation of intersystem crossing will be hampered.

  12. Quantum-classical calculations of X-ray photoelectron spectra of polymers-Polymethyl methacrylate revisited.

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    Löytynoja, T; Harczuk, I; Jänkälä, K; Vahtras, O; Ågren, H

    2017-03-28

    In this work, we apply quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach to predict core-electron binding energies and chemical shifts of polymers, obtainable via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), using polymethyl methacrylate as a demonstration example. The results indicate that standard parametrizations of the quantum part (basis sets, level of correlation) and the molecular mechanics parts (decomposed charges, polarizabilities, and capping technique) are sufficient for the QM/MM model to be predictive for XPS of polymers. It is found that the polymer environment produces contributions to the XPS binding energies that are close to monotonous with the number of monomer units, totally amounting to approximately an eV decrease in binding energies. In most of the cases, the order of the shifts is maintained, and even the relative size of the differential shifts is largely preserved. The coupling of the internal core-hole relaxation to the polymer environment is found to be weak in each case, amounting only to one or two tenths of an eV. The main polymeric effect is actually well estimated already at the frozen orbital level of theory, which in turn implies a substantial computational simplification. These conclusions are best represented by the cases where the ionized monomer and its immediate surrounding are treated quantum mechanically. If the QM region includes only a single monomer, a couple of anomalies are spotted, which are referred to the QM/MM interface itself and to the neglect of a possible charge transfer.

  13. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectra of La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} Processed by EATPAH Technique

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    Mishra, D. K.; Dash, S.; Samantray, S.; Pradhan, S. K.; Das, J.; Roul, B. K.; Varma, S.

    2008-10-23

    La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}(LCMO) colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials were sintered to highly dense products by an extended arc thermal plasma assisted heating (EATPAH) technique within a short sintering time of 2.5 minutes as compared to conventional long range heating schedule (few hours of time). 2.5 minutes plasma sintered LCMO showed enhanced T{sub c}(272 K), which is closed to T{sub IM}(275 K)[1] as compared to the conventional sintered LCMO sample. Specimens are analyzed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectra (XPS) and electron probe microstructure analysis (EPMA) to get idea on elemental distribution and valence spectra of all the elements present in the specimen. The binding energy of La, Ca and Mn are analogous to the conventional sintered LCMO and to the reference spectra [2].

  14. High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the pyrimidine-type nucleobases

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    Fulfer, K. D.; Hardy, D.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Aguilar, A. A.

    2015-06-14

    High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the gas phase pyrimidine-type nucleobases, thymine, uracil, and cytosine, were collected using synchrotron radiation over the photon energy range 17 ≤ hν ≤ 150 eV. These data provide the highest resolution photoelectron spectra of thymine, uracil, and cytosine published to date. By comparing integrated regions of the energy dependent photoelectron spectra of thymine, the ionization potentials of the first four ionic states of thymine were estimated to be 8.8, 9.8, 10.3, and 10.8 eV. The thymine data also show evidence for low energy shape resonances in three of the outermost valence electronic states. Comparing the uracil spectrum with the thymine spectrum, the four outermost valence electronic states of uracil likely begin at binding energies 9.3, 9.9, 10.5, and 11.0 eV. High-resolution spectra indicate only one tautomeric form of cytosine contributes significantly to the spectrum with the four outermost valence electronic states beginning at binding energies 8.9, 9.9, 10.4, and 10.85 eV.

  15. High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the pyrimidine-type nucleobases

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    Fulfer, K. D.; Hardy, D.; Aguilar, A. A.; Poliakoff, E. D.

    2015-06-01

    High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the gas phase pyrimidine-type nucleobases, thymine, uracil, and cytosine, were collected using synchrotron radiation over the photon energy range 17 ≤ hν ≤ 150 eV. These data provide the highest resolution photoelectron spectra of thymine, uracil, and cytosine published to date. By comparing integrated regions of the energy dependent photoelectron spectra of thymine, the ionization potentials of the first four ionic states of thymine were estimated to be 8.8, 9.8, 10.3, and 10.8 eV. The thymine data also show evidence for low energy shape resonances in three of the outermost valence electronic states. Comparing the uracil spectrum with the thymine spectrum, the four outermost valence electronic states of uracil likely begin at binding energies 9.3, 9.9, 10.5, and 11.0 eV. High-resolution spectra indicate only one tautomeric form of cytosine contributes significantly to the spectrum with the four outermost valence electronic states beginning at binding energies 8.9, 9.9, 10.4, and 10.85 eV.

  16. High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the pyrimidine-type nucleobases.

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    Fulfer, K D; Hardy, D; Aguilar, A A; Poliakoff, E D

    2015-06-14

    High-resolution photoelectron spectra of the gas phase pyrimidine-type nucleobases, thymine, uracil, and cytosine, were collected using synchrotron radiation over the photon energy range 17 ≤ hν ≤ 150 eV. These data provide the highest resolution photoelectron spectra of thymine, uracil, and cytosine published to date. By comparing integrated regions of the energy dependent photoelectron spectra of thymine, the ionization potentials of the first four ionic states of thymine were estimated to be 8.8, 9.8, 10.3, and 10.8 eV. The thymine data also show evidence for low energy shape resonances in three of the outermost valence electronic states. Comparing the uracil spectrum with the thymine spectrum, the four outermost valence electronic states of uracil likely begin at binding energies 9.3, 9.9, 10.5, and 11.0 eV. High-resolution spectra indicate only one tautomeric form of cytosine contributes significantly to the spectrum with the four outermost valence electronic states beginning at binding energies 8.9, 9.9, 10.4, and 10.85 eV.

  17. XPS studies of structure-induced radiation effects at the Si/SiO2 interface. [X ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Grunthaner, F. J.; Lewis, B. F.; Zamini, N.; Maserjian, J.; Madhukar, A.

    1980-01-01

    The interfacial structures of radiation hard and soft oxides grown by dry and wet processes on silicon substrates have been examined by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It is found that the primary difference in the local atomic structure at the Si/SiO2 interface is the significantly higher concentration of strained 120 deg SiO2 bonds and SiO interfacial species in soft samples. Results of in situ radiation damage experiments using low energy electrons (0-20 eV) are reported which correlate with the presence of a strained layer of SiO2 (20 A) at the interface. The results are interpreted in terms of a structural model for hole and electron trap generation by ionizing radiation.

  18. [SIMS (secondary ion mass spectroscopy) and XPS (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) study of titanium implant surfaces coated with anodic titanium-oxide layer].

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    Suba, Csongor; Velich, Norbert; Vida, György; Kovács, Lajos; Kiss, Gábor; Szabó, György

    2003-10-01

    The demands that must be satisfied by titanium implants applied in medical practice include chemical and physical durability. An anodic oxide protective layer formed on the surface of titanium implants serves for the better attainment of this aim. The composition of the passivizing layer and the changes in its thickness and binding state can be studied by method of material science, e.g. by secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In this way a possibility arises for the material technological classification of the Ti-TiO2 layer structure and for the observation of the physical and chemical reactions that occur between the implants and the tissues in the organism. The present XPS examinations revealed that the binding state of the titanium forming the surface of the plates involve neither significant quantities of titanium oxide nor impurities. In the SIMS investigation the thickness of the titanium oxide layer was found to be 120-150 nm. Determination of the thickness of the surface, the binding state of the titanium and the exact proportions of the impurities and additives furnishes a possibility for a subsequent comparison with the surface structure of plates removed from the organism. It is important for the assessment of the practical value of the protective layer.

  19. Quantification of the toxic hexavalent chromium content in an organic matrix by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultra-low-angle microtomy (ULAM)

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    Greunz, Theresia; Duchaczek, Hubert; Sagl, Raffaela; Duchoslav, Jiri; Steinberger, Roland; Strauß, Bernhard; Stifter, David

    2017-02-01

    Cr(VI) is known for its corrosion inhibitive properties and is, despite legal regulations, still a potential candidate to be added to thin (1-3 μm) protective coatings applied on, e.g., electrical steel as used for transformers, etc. However, Cr(VI) is harmful to the environment and to the human health. Hence, a reliable quantification of it is of decisive interest. Commonly, an alkaline extraction with a photometric endpoint detection of Cr(VI) is used for such material systems. However, this procedure requires an accurate knowledge on sample parameters such as dry film thickness and coating density that are occasionally associated with significant experimental errors. We present a comprehensive study of a coating system with a defined Cr(VI) pigment concentration applied on electrical steel. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was employed to resolve the elemental chromium concentration and the chemical state. Turning to the fact that XPS is extremely surface sensitive (<10 nm) and that the lowest commonly achievable lateral resolution is a number of times higher than the coating thickness (∼2 μm), a bulk analysis was achieved with XPS line scans on extended wedge-shaped tapers through the coating. For that purpose a special sample preparation step performed on an ultra-microtome was required prior to analysis. Since a temperature increase leads to a reduction of Cr(VI) we extend our method on samples, which were subjected to different curing temperatures. We show that our proposed approach now allows to determine the elemental and Cr(VI) concentration and distribution inside the coating.

  20. Calculations of photoelectron momentum distributions and energy spectra at strong-field multiphoton ionization of sodium

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    Bunjac, Andrej; Popović, Duška B.; Simonović, Nenad S.

    2017-08-01

    Multiphoton ionization of sodium by a femtosecond laser pulse of 760 nm wavelength and different peak intensities is studied by inspecting the photoelectron angular and momentum distributions and the energy spectra. For this purpose a single-electron model of the atom interacting with the electromagnetic field is used, and the distributions are determined by calculating the evolution of the electron wave function. Beside the most prominent distribution maxima related to the four-photon ionization, the five-photon (above-threshold) ionization peaks are observed. Substructures in the main (nonresonant) maximum in the photoelectron spectra at the four-photon ionization are related to the resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization via intermediate 4 s, 4 f, 5 p, 5 f and 6 p states.

  1. Temperature dependence of the photoelectron spectra of an evaporated violanthrene a film

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    Sato, N.; Seki, K.; Inokuchi, H.; Harada, Y.; Takahashi, T.

    1982-03-01

    A reversible temperature dependence of ultraviolet photoelectron spectra was observed for a polycrystalline violanthrene A thin film between 255 and 393 K. A decrease in the linewidth of the lowest-energy peak with decreasing temperature was understood in terms of the interaction of the photoinduced molecular cations with low-energy vibrational modes in the solid film just as in the case of cumene studied by Salaneck et al.

  2. Thorium effect on the oxidation of uranium: Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) investigation on (U1 - xThx)O2 (x = 0 to 1) thin films

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    Cakir, P.; Eloirdi, R.; Huber, F.; Konings, R. J. M.; Gouder, T.

    2017-01-01

    Thin films of U1- xThxO2 (x = 0 to 1) have been deposited via reactive DC sputter technique and characterized by X-ray/Ultra-violet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), X-ray Powder Diffractometer (XRD) and Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) in order to understand the effect of Thorium on the oxidation mechanism. During the deposition, the competition between uranium and thorium for oxidation showed that thorium has a much higher affinity for oxygen. Deposition conditions, time and temperature were also the subject of this study, to look at the homogeneity and the stability of the films. While core level and valence band spectra were not altered by the time of deposition, temperature was affecting the oxidation state of uranium and the valence band due to the mobility increase of oxygen through the film. X-ray diffraction patterns, core level spectra obtained for U1 - xThxO2 versus the composition showed that lattice parameters follow the Vegard's law and together with the binding energies of U-4f and Th-4f are in good agreement with literature data obtained on bulk compounds. To study the effect of thorium on the oxidation of U1 - xThxO2 films, we used CV experiments at neutral pH of a NaCl solution in contact with air. The results indicated that thorium has an effect on the uranium oxidation as demonstrated by the decrease of the current of the oxidation peak of uranium. XPS measurements made before and after the CV, showed a relative enrichment of thorium at the extent of uranium at the surface supporting the formation at a longer term of a thorium protective layer at the surface of uranium-thorium mixed oxide.

  3. Modelling the effect of nuclear motion on the attosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectra of ethylene

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    Crawford-Uranga, A.; De Giovannini, U.; Mowbray, D. J.; Kurth, S.; Rubio, A.

    2014-06-01

    Using time-dependent density functional theory we examine the energy, angular and time-resolved photoelectron spectra (TRPES) of ethylene in a pump-probe setup. To simulate TRPES we expose ethylene to an ultraviolet femtosecond pump pulse, followed by a time delayed extreme ultraviolet probe pulse. Studying the photoemission spectra as a function of this delay provides us direct access to the dynamic evolution of the molecule’s electronic levels. Further, by including the nuclei’s motion, we provide direct chemical insight into the chemical reactivity of ethylene. These results show how angular and energy resolved TRPES could be used to directly probe electron and nucleus dynamics in molecules.

  4. X-ray photoelectron spectra and electronic structure of rare-earth orthovanadates

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    Ryzhkov, M. V.; Kostikov, S. P.; Ivanov, I. K.; Gubanov, V. A.

    1981-08-01

    Photoelectron spectra of 4 d and valence states in RVO 4 ( R = Y, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Yb) have been investigated. The experimental spectra are interpreted using the results of the Xα discrete variational method calculations for orthovanadates. Transformations of electronic structure and covalency in the RVO 4 series are discussed. It is shown that lanthanide 4 f orbitals significantly mix with the O 2 pAO's and hybridize with the rare-earths 5 pAO's. The 5 p levels spin-orbital splitting in orthovanadates has been evaluated.

  5. Characterization of surface functionality of coals by photoacoustic ftir (PAIFT) spectroscopy, reflectance infrared microspectrometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

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    Lynch, B.M.; Lancaster, L.I.; Fahey, J.T.; Mac Phee, J.A.

    1987-04-01

    This paper illustrates detection by the technique of Photo Acoustic Infrared Fourier Transform (PAIFT) spectroscopy of new carbonyl-type functionality at the surfaces of powdered bituminous coals, generated by both base-promoted and by thermal decomposition of precursor peroxide species, postulated as ubiquitous constituents at the surfaces of all except the most freshly prepared samples. In artificially oxidized coals, there are quantitative associations between the level of carbonyl content revealed by PAIFT spectra and plastic properties of the coals. In additional, related studies, the authors have derivatized and quantified the hydroxyl group content of the oxidized coals by trifluoroacetylation, followed by hydrolysis and anion-chromatographic analyses for trifluoroacetate. PAIFT and Fluorine-XPS spectra of the trifluoroacetylated species are discussed. Maceral components and mineral inclusions have been identified and characterized in sectioned, polished surfaces of Canadian bituminous coals using reflection FTIR microspectrometry; this direct examination shows promise for real-time monitoring of various reactions at surfaces.

  6. Recent advances in the practical and accurate calculation of core and valence XPS spectra of polymers: From interpretation to simulation?

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    Bureau, Christophe; Chong, Delano P.; Endo, Kazunaka; Delhalle, Joseph; Lecayon, Gérard; Le Moël, Alain

    1997-08-01

    Core and valence X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopies (XPS) are routinely used to obtain information on the chemical composition, bonding and homogeneity of polymer surfaces. In spite of their apparent conceptual simplicity, Core and Valence Electron Binding Energies (CEBEs and VEBEs) a few electron-volts (eV) or fractions of an eV apart are difficult to interpret. We present some results obtained with various recent theoretical approaches. An emphasis is made on a procedure based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) that enables the calculation of CEBEs and VEBEs which are in remarkable agreement with experiment. The method has been tested on numerous small (3-6 atoms) to fairly large (15-25 atoms) molecules, and shows an average absolute deviation with experiment of only 0.20 eV for CEBEs and 0.30 eV for VEBEs, i.e. compatible with the resolution of the best XPS experiments carried out at the moment. Besides the quality of its predictions, the procedure takes advantage of the speed and CPU time scaling of DFT as a function of system size: it is computationally tractable, even for surprisingly large systems such as polymers, and may be an interesting accurate alternative to interpret and simulate XPS-probing on real systems. We illustrate the usefullness and pitfalls of this approach in fundamental as well as applied fields such as in the study of Polyacrylonitrile (PAN), Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyvinyldifluoride (PVdF) and γ-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (γ-APS, an adhesion promoter).

  7. A study of the photoelectron spectra of α-tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol over the outer valence energy region (9-25 eV)

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    Dampc, Marcin; Mielewska, Brygida; Siggel-King, Michele R. F.; King, George C.; Zubek, Mariusz

    2017-07-01

    Photoelectron spectra of α-tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) molecules, the threshold spectrum and spectra for constant photoelectron energies, have been measured over the photon energy range 9-25 eV. Analysis of the photoelectron spectra has allowed overlapping photoionization bands to be separated, tentatively assigned and their vertical photoionization energies to be determined. These energies are compared with existing theoretical calculations. The photoelectron spectra indicate the predominance of one conformer in the population of gas-phase THFA.

  8. Excitation of XPS spectra from nanoscaled particles by local generation of x-rays

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    Mallinson, Christopher F.; Castle, James E.

    2015-09-15

    In preliminary work, the authors have shown that use of an aluminum substrate to support a distribution of copper particles enables their characteristic photoelectrons to be observed within the Auger electron spectrum generated by an incident electron beam. This observation raises the possibility of the use of chemical shifts and the corresponding Auger parameter to identify the chemical states present on the surface of individual submicrometer particles within a mixture. In this context, the technique has an advantage in that, unlike conventional Auger electron spectroscopy, the electron beam does not dwell on the particle but on the substrate adjacent to it. Given the importance, for both medical and toxicological reasons, of the surface composition of such particles, the authors have continued to explore the potential of this development. In this contribution, the authors show that proximal excitation of x-rays is equally successful with magnesium substrates. In some regions of the x-ray photoelectron spectrum, the much larger Auger peaks generated by the electron beam can cause inconvenient clustering of Auger and photoelectron peaks. As in conventional x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the ability to switch between Al and Mg sources is useful in such situations. In this context, the authors have extended the studies to iron particles where the authors show that use of Al or Mg substrates, as necessary, can make a contribution to clear identification of individual components in the Fe 2p peaks. For this development in electron spectroscopy to achieve its full potential, it is necessary to optimize the beam conditions used to generate the local x-ray to give good selectivity of a given particle. Measurements made in support of this will be given. Of greater concern is a possible problem of local heating associated with x-ray generation. The authors continue to explore this problem and report some progress in minimizing heating of the particle while maintaining

  9. Photoelectron spectra and electronic structure of nitrogen analogues of boron β-diketonates

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    Tikhonov, Sergey A.; Vovna, Vitaliy I.; Borisenko, Aleksandr V.

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structure of the valence levels of seven nitrogen-containing boron complexes was investigated using methods of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory. The ionization energies of π- and σ-levels were obtained from photoelectron spectra. The electronic structure of nitrogen-containing compounds was compared with the electronic structure of β-diketonates. It was shown the influence of various substituents on carbon and nitrogen atoms of six-membered ring on the electronic structure of complexes. The changes in the electronic structure after the substitution of atoms in condensed cycles have been identified. In order to compare the experimental vertical ionization energies IEi with Kohn-Sham orbital energies εi we used the analogue of Koopmans theorem and average amendment to the orbital energy of the electrons (δbari). For 26 electronic levels of seven studied complexes, the calculated values are in good accordance with experimental energy intervals between electron levels.

  10. Insight on hole-hole interaction and magnetic order from dichroic auger-photoelectron coincidence spectra.

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    Cini, M; Perfetto, E; Gotter, R; Offi, F; Ruocco, A; Stefani, G

    2011-11-18

    The absence of sharp structures in the Auger line shapes of partially filled bands has severely limited the use of electron spectroscopy in magnetic crystals and other correlated materials. By a novel interplay of experimental and theoretical techniques we achieve a combined understanding of the photoelectron, Auger, and Auger-photoelectron coincidence spectra (APECS) of the antiferromagnetic CoO. A recently discovered dichroic effect in angle resolved (DEAR) APECS reveals a complex pattern in the Auger line shape, which is here explained in detail, labeling the final states by their total spin. Since the dichroic effect exists in the antiferromagnetic state but vanishes at the Néel temperature, the DEAR-APECS technique detects the phase transition from its local effects, thus providing a unique tool to observe and understand magnetic correlations where the usual methods are not applicable.

  11. Few-femtosecond sensitivity of ultrafast molecular dynamics with time-resolved photoelectron spectra

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    Champenois, Elio G.; Cryan, James P.; Larsen, Kirk; Shivaram, Niranjan H.; Belkacem, Ali

    2016-05-01

    We explore ultrafast dynamics involving non-adiabatic couplings following valence electronic excitation of small molecular systems. By measuring the time-resolved photoelectron spectra (TRPES) resulting from ionization with ultraviolet light, the excited wave packet can be tracked with state specificity. If the nuclear motion is dominated by a limited number of degrees of freedom, the TRPES also yields information about the molecular geometry. Even with limited temporal resolution, the onset times of the signal at different photoelectron energies can lead to few-femtosecond sensitivity. Applying this technique to ethylene (C2 H4) excited to the ππ* state, ultrafast motion along the twist coordinate is observed along with transient population to the π 3 s state through non-adiabatic coupling. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Divison under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  12. Laser-induced electron diffraction: inversion of photo-electron spectra for molecular orbital imaging

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    Puthumpally-Joseph, R.; Viau-Trudel, J.; Peters, M.; Nguyen-Dang, T. T.; Atabek, O.; Charron, E.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we discuss the possibility of imaging molecular orbitals from photoelectron spectra obtained via Laser Induced Electron Diffraction (LIED) in linear molecules. This is an extension of our work published recently in Physical Review A \\textbf{94}, 023421 (2016) to the case of the HOMO-1 orbital of the carbon dioxide molecule. We show that such an imaging technique has the potential to image molecular orbitals at different internuclear distances in a sub-femtosecond time scale and with a resolution of a fraction of an Angstr\\"om.

  13. Simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra with Stieltjes imaging illustrated on ultrafast internal conversion in pyrazine.

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    Werner, Ute; Mitrić, Roland; Bonacić-Koutecký, Vlasta

    2010-05-07

    We present an approach for the simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra based on the combination of the ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics "on the fly" with the Stieltjes imaging method utilizing discrete neutral states above the ionization limit for the approximate description of the ionization continuum. Our approach has been implemented in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and has been applied to interrogate the ultrafast internal conversion between the S(2) and S(1) states in pyrazine. The simulations reveal that, parallel to the S(2)-->S(1) internal conversion, a change in the dominant ionization process (S(2)-->D(1) versus S(1)-->D(0)) occurs on the time scale of 20 fs such that no significant change in the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution is observed. The presented results are in full agreement with the experimental results presented in the accompanying paper [Suzuki et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 174302 (2010)] and provide an insight into the interplay between the nonradiative relaxation and the photoionization process in pyrazine as reflected in the time resolved photoelectron spectrum. Our approach represents a general tool for the investigation of ultrafast photoionization processes in complex systems and thus can be used to investigate the ultrafast femtochemistry of complex molecular systems including all degrees of freedom.

  14. Simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra with Stieltjes imaging illustrated on ultrafast internal conversion in pyrazine

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    Werner, Ute; Mitrić, Roland; Bonačić-Koutecký, Vlasta

    2010-05-01

    We present an approach for the simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra based on the combination of the ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics "on the fly" with the Stieltjes imaging method utilizing discrete neutral states above the ionization limit for the approximate description of the ionization continuum. Our approach has been implemented in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and has been applied to interrogate the ultrafast internal conversion between the S2 and S1 states in pyrazine. The simulations reveal that, parallel to the S2→S1 internal conversion, a change in the dominant ionization process (S2→D1 versus S1→D0) occurs on the time scale of 20 fs such that no significant change in the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution is observed. The presented results are in full agreement with the experimental results presented in the accompanying paper [Suzuki et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 174302 (2010)] and provide an insight into the interplay between the nonradiative relaxation and the photoionization process in pyrazine as reflected in the time resolved photoelectron spectrum. Our approach represents a general tool for the investigation of ultrafast photoionization processes in complex systems and thus can be used to investigate the ultrafast femtochemistry of complex molecular systems including all degrees of freedom.

  15. Core-level spectra and binding energies of transition metal nitrides by non-destructive x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy through capping layers

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    Greczynski, G.; Primetzhofer, D.; Lu, J.; Hultman, L.

    2017-02-01

    We present the first measurements of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core level binding energies (BE:s) for the widely-applicable group IVb-VIb polycrystalline transition metal nitrides (TMN's) TiN, VN, CrN, ZrN, NbN, MoN, HfN, TaN, and WN as well as AlN and SiN, which are common components in the TMN-based alloy systems. Nitride thin film samples were grown at 400 °C by reactive dc magnetron sputtering from elemental targets in Ar/N2 atmosphere. For XPS measurements, layers are either (i) Ar+ ion-etched to remove surface oxides resulting from the air exposure during sample transfer from the growth chamber into the XPS system, or (ii) in situ capped with a few nm thick Cr or W overlayers in the deposition system prior to air-exposure and loading into the XPS instrument. Film elemental composition and phase content is thoroughly characterized with time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (ToF-E ERDA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and x-ray diffraction. High energy resolution core level XPS spectra acquired with monochromatic Al Kα radiation on the ISO-calibrated instrument reveal that even mild etching conditions result in the formation of a nitrogen-deficient surface layer that substantially affects the extracted binding energy values. These spectra-modifying effects of Ar+ ion bombardment increase with increasing the metal atom mass due to an increasing nitrogen-to-metal sputter yield ratio. The superior quality of the XPS spectra obtained in a non-destructive way from capped TMN films is evident from that numerous metal peaks, including Ti 2p, V 2p, Zr 3d, and Hf 4f, exhibit pronounced satellite features, in agreement with previously published spectra from layers grown and analyzed in situ. In addition, the N/metal concentration ratios are found to be 25-90% higher than those obtained from the corresponding ion-etched surfaces, and in most cases agree very well with the RBS and ToF-E ERDA values. The N 1 s BE:s extracted from

  16. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectra of Ce2@C80 and La2@C80

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    Miyazaki, Takafumi; Okita, Sosuke; Ohta, Tomona; Yagi, Hajime; Sumii, Ryohei; Okimoto, Haruya; Ito, Yasuhiro; Shinohara, Hisanori; Hino, Shojun

    2015-02-01

    Ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of C80-Ih cage endohedral fullerenes, La2@C80 and Ce2@C80 were measured using a synchrotron radiation light source. The spectral onset energy of La2@C80 and Ce2@C80 is around 0.8-0.9 eV, which is smaller than that of empty C80-Ih. The UPS of these endohedral fullerenes are almost identical and are discussed with an aid of density functional theory (DFT) calculation. Simulation spectra calculated with using the results of the DFT calculations on an optimized structure starting from D3d geometry reproduces the UPS of La2@C80 and Ce2@C80 very well, which supports the theoretically proposed structure.

  17. Application of high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy: Vibrational resolved C 1s and O 1s spectra of CO adsorbed on Ni(100)

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    Foehlisch, A.; Nilsson, A.; Martensson, N.

    1997-04-01

    There are various effects which determine the line shape of a core-level electron spectrum. These are due to the finite life-time of the core hole, inelastic scattering of the outgoing photoelectron, electronic shake-up and shake-off processes and vibrational excitations. For free atoms and molecules the different contributions to the observed line shapes can often be well separated. For solids, surfaces and adsorbates the line shapes are in general much broader and it has in the past been assumed that no separation of the various contributions can be made. In the present report the authors will show that this is indeed not the case. Surprisingly, the vibrational fine structure of CO adsorbed on Ni(100) can be resolved in the C 1s and O 1s electron spectra. This was achieved by the combination of highly monochromatized soft X-rays from B18.0 with a high resolution Scienta 200 mm photoelectron spectrometer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with tunable excitation energy yields as a core level spectroscopy atomic and site-specific information. The presented measurements allow for a determination of internuclear distances and potential energy curves in corehole ionized adsorbed molecules. The authors analysis of the c(2x2) phase CO/Ni(100) on {open_quotes}top{close_quotes} yielded a vibrational splitting of 217 +/- 2 meV for C 1s ionization. For O 1s ionization a splitting of 173 +/- 8 meV was found.

  18. Is the Separable Propagator Perturbation Approach Accurate in Calculating Angle Resolved Photoelectron Diffraction Spectra?

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    Ng, C. N.; Chu, T. P.; Wu, Huasheng; Tong, S. Y.; Huang, Hong

    1997-03-01

    We compare multiple scattering results of angle-resolved photoelectron diffraction spectra between the exact slab method and the separable propagator perturbation method. In the slab method,footnote C.H. Li, A.R. Lubinsky and S.Y. Tong, Phys. Rev. B17, 3128 (1978). the source wave and multiple scattering within the strong scattering atomic layers are expanded in spherical waves while interlayer scattering is expressed in plane waves. The transformation between spherical waves and plane waves is done exactly. The plane waves are then matched across the solid-vacuum interface to a single outgoing plane wave in the detector's direction. The separable propagator perturbation approach uses two approximations: (i) A separable representation of the Green's function propagator and (ii) A perturbation expansion of multiple scattering terms. Results of c(2x2) S-Ni(001) show that this approximate method fails to converge due to the very slow convergence of the separable representation for scattering angles less than 90^circ. However, this method is accurate in the backscattering regime and may be applied to XAFS calculations.(J.J. Rehr and R.C. Albers, Phys. Rev. B41, 8139 (1990).) The use of this method for angle-resolved photoelectron diffraction spectra is substantially less reliable.

  19. Multi-reference approach to the calculation of photoelectron spectra including spin-orbit coupling

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    Grell, Gilbert; Bokarev, Sergey I. Kühn, Oliver; Winter, Bernd; Seidel, Robert; Aziz, Emad F.; Aziz, Saadullah G.

    2015-08-21

    X-ray photoelectron spectra provide a wealth of information on the electronic structure. The extraction of molecular details requires adequate theoretical methods, which in case of transition metal complexes has to account for effects due to the multi-configurational and spin-mixed nature of the many-electron wave function. Here, the restricted active space self-consistent field method including spin-orbit coupling is used to cope with this challenge and to calculate valence- and core-level photoelectron spectra. The intensities are estimated within the frameworks of the Dyson orbital formalism and the sudden approximation. Thereby, we utilize an efficient computational algorithm that is based on a biorthonormal basis transformation. The approach is applied to the valence photoionization of the gas phase water molecule and to the core ionization spectrum of the [Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} complex. The results show good agreement with the experimental data obtained in this work, whereas the sudden approximation demonstrates distinct deviations from experiments.

  20. Method for estimating ionicities of oxides using O1s photoelectron spectra

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    Wu, L. Q.; Li, Z. Z.; Tang, G. D. Qi, W. H.; Xue, L. C.; Ge, X. S.; Ding, L. L.; Li, Y. C.; Li, S. Q.

    2015-09-15

    The average valence, V{sub alO}, of the oxygen anions in the perovskite oxide BaTiO{sub 3}, was found using O1s photoelectron spectra to be −1.55. This experimental result is close to the theoretical value for BaTiO{sub 3} (−1.63) calculated by Cohen [Nature 358, 136 (1992)] using density functional theory. Using the same approach, we obtained values of V{sub alO} for several monoxides, and investigated the dependence of V{sub alO} and the ionicity on the second ionization energy, V(M{sup 2+}), of the metal cation. We found that the dependence of the ionicity on V(M{sup 2+}) in this work is close to that reported by Phillips [Rev. Mod. Phys. 42, 317 (1970)]. We therefore suggest that O1s photoelectron spectrum measurements should be accepted as a general experimental method for estimating the ionicity and average valence of oxygen anions.

  1. Interpretation of the photoelectron spectra of FeS(2)(-) by a multiconfiguration computational approach.

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    Clima, Sergiu; Hendrickx, Marc F A

    2007-11-01

    The ground states of FeS(2) and FeS(2)(-), and several low-lying excited electronic states of FeS(2) that are responsible for the FeS(2)(-) photoelectron spectrum, are calculated. At the B3LYP level an open, quasi-linear [SFeS](-) conformation is found as the most stable structure, which is confirmed at the ab initio CASPT2 computational level. Both the neutral and the anionic unsaturated complexes possess high-spin electronic ground states. For the first time a complete assignment of the photoelectron spectrum of FeS(2)(-) is proposed. The lowest energy band in this spectrum is ascribed to an electron detachment from the two highest-lying 3dpi antibonding orbitals (with respect to the iron-sulfur bonding) of iron. The next-lowest experimental band corresponds to an electron removal from nonbonding, nearly pure sulfur orbitals. The two highest bands in the spectra are assigned as electron detachments from pi and sigma bonding mainly sulfur orbitals.

  2. [Photoelectron Spectra of CCl2-: Ab Initio Calculation and Franck-Condon Analysis].

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    Wu, Jun

    2015-12-01

    Geometry optimization and harmonic vibrational frequency calculations were performed on the X¹A₁ state of CCl₂ and X²B₁ state of CCl₂⁻ at the B3LYP, MP2, CCSD levels. Franck-Condon analysis and spectral simulations were carried out on the photoelectron band of CCl₂⁻ including Duschinsky effects. The simulated spectra obtained are in excellent agreement with the experiment. Note that Duschinsky effect between bending vibration and the symmetric stretch modes should be considered in the CCl₂ (X¹A₁)-CCl₂⁻ (X²B₁) photodetachment process. By combining ab initio calculations with Franck-Condon analyses, the assignment of spectrum observed is firmly established to the X¹A₁-X²B₁ photodetachment process of the CCl₂⁻ radical, and the recommended geometric parameters of which in the literature are confirmed again base on ab initio theory and IFCA process.

  3. Valence photoelectron spectra of an electron-beam-irradiated C60 film

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hida, Akira

    2004-10-01

    Valence photoelectron spectra of an electron-beam (EB) irradiated C60 film, which exhibited metallic electron-transport properties in air at room temperature, are presented. The electronic structure of the C60 film became closer to that of graphite as the EB-irradiation time increased, and its density of states around the Fermi level was eventually greater than for the graphite. This suggests that the electronic structure of the C60 film changed from a semiconductor to a semimetal and/or metal by EB irradiation. Interestingly, the electronic structure remained metallic even after five days of air exposure, which is the reason for the metallic electron-transport property in our previous report [Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 595 (2003)].

  4. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectra of C 76 and K xC 76

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    Hino, Shojun; Matsumoto, K.; Hasegawa, Shinji; Inokuchi, Hiroo; Morikawa, Takashi; Takahashi, Takashi; Seki, Kazuhiko; Kikuchi, Koichi; Suzuki, Shinzo; Ikemoto, Isao; Achiba, Yohji

    1992-09-01

    Ultraviolet photoelectron spectra of C 76, one of the fullerene family of compounds, have been measured with a synchroton radiation light source. The photoemission spectral onset is 1.3 eV below the Fermi level, which is equal to that of C 84 but is about 0.5 eV smaller than that of C 60 or C 70. The relative intensity of the photoemission spectral features is independent of the incident photon energy change. Photoemission spectral changes for C 76 during potassium dosing are also measured. A new band becomes distinct between the Fermi level and the HOMO band, when the potassium content ( x in K xC 76) is equal to or greater than 1.1. The spectral onset moves toward the Fermi level with increasing potassium dosage, approaching it but never crossing it. This indicates that potassium-dosed C 76 could be a narrow gap semiconductor.

  5. The delay time dependence of the photoelectron spectra and state populations of three-level ladder K2 molecule

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    Guo, Wei; Lu, Xingqiang; Wang, Xinlin

    2017-02-01

    The delay time dependence of photoelectron spectra and state populations of three-level ladder K2 molecule is investigated by pump-probe pulses via time-dependent wave packet approach. The periodical motion of the wave packet with oscillating period 500 fs results in the periodical variation of photoelectron spectra. The photoelectron spectra show Autler-Townes double splitting at zero delay time, and no splitting at positive delay time. The periodical change of state populations with delay time can be ascribed to the coupling effect between the two pulses. It is found that the selectivity of the state populations may be attained by regulating the delay time. The results can provide some important basis for realizing the optical control of molecules experimentally.

  6. The cyclopropene radical cation: Rovibrational level structure at low energies from high-resolution photoelectron spectra

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    Vasilatou, K.; Michaud, J. M.; Baykusheva, D.; Grassi, G.; Merkt, F.

    2014-08-14

    The cyclopropene radical cation (c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +}) is an important but poorly characterized three-membered-ring hydrocarbon. We report on a measurement of the high-resolution photoelectron and photoionization spectra of cyclopropene and several deuterated isotopomers, from which we have determined the rovibrational energy level structure of the X{sup ~+} {sup 2}B{sub 2} ground electronic state of c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +} at low energies for the first time. The synthesis of the partially deuterated isotopomers always resulted in mixtures of several isotopomers, differing in their number of D atoms and in the location of these atoms, so that the photoelectron spectra of deuterated samples are superpositions of the spectra of several isotopomers. The rotationally resolved spectra indicate a C{sub 2v}-symmetric R{sub 0} structure for the ground electronic state of c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +}. Two vibrational modes of c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +} are found to have vibrational wave numbers below 300 cm{sup −1}, which is surprising for such a small cyclic hydrocarbon. The analysis of the isotopic shifts of the vibrational levels enabled the assignment of the lowest-frequency mode (fundamental wave number of ≈110 cm{sup −1} in c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +}) to the CH{sub 2} torsional mode (ν{sub 8}{sup +}, A{sub 2} symmetry) and of the second-lowest-frequency mode (≈210 cm{sup −1} in c-C{sub 3}H{sub 4}{sup +}) to a mode combining a CH out-of-plane with a CH{sub 2} rocking motion (ν{sub 15}{sup +}, B{sub 2} symmetry). The potential energy along the CH{sub 2} torsional coordinate is flat near the equilibrium structure and leads to a pronounced anharmonicity.

  7. Photoelectron spectra of small LaOn- clusters: decreasing electron affinity upon increasing the number of oxygen atoms

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    Klingeler, R.; Lüttgens, G.; Pontius, N.; Rochow, R.; Bechthold, P. S.; Neeb, M.; Eberhardt, W.

    We present mass selected photoelectron spectra of small lanthanum oxide cluster anions LaOn- (n=1-5) which have been generated in a laser vaporization cluster source. The electron affinity of the lanthanum oxide clusters drops continuously with the number of chemisorbed oxygen atoms as revealed from the anion photoelectron spectra. The decreasing electron affinity behaves contrary to several other metal oxide clusters. The geometry of some of the measured clusters are discussed in comparsion with configuration interaction and density functional calculations using a Gaussian94 program package.

  8. Comparison of hard and soft x-ray photoelectron spectra of silicon

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    Offi, F.; Werner, W. S. M.; Sacchi, M.; Torelli, P.; Cautero, M.; Cautero, G.; Fondacaro, A.; Huotari, S.; Monaco, G.; Paolicelli, G.; Smekal, W.; Stefani, G.; Panaccione, G.

    2007-08-01

    A detailed comparison of the surface sensitivity of x-ray photoemission spectroscopy for hard and soft x rays is presented and discussed. Electron scattering parameters and their energy dependence are given for Si and two Si spectra are analyzed: a MgKα (hν=1253.6eV) excited spectrum of the Si2p and 2s lines and a hard x-ray excited spectrum (hν=5925eV) of the Si1s line. The differential inelastic scattering characteristics for Si are extracted from reflection electron energy loss spectra taken at energies of 1500 and 4000eV . Using these scattering characteristics and electron mean free paths from the literature, simulated spectra are compared with experiment. The experimental spectra are deconvoluted to give the true intrinsic line shape corresponding to the theoretical collision statistics when interference effects between intrinsic and extrinsic scattering are neglected. The magnitude of interference effects cannot be assessed by our analysis. Within the (unknown) uncertainty introduced by neglecting interference effects, it is possible to determine the relative intensity of intrinsic and extrinsic excitations. In this way, it is found that in the case of the soft x-ray excited photoelectron spectrum of the shallower electronic shells ( 2p and 2s ), intrinsic plasmon creation is rather weak, and the apparent asymmetric line shape of the spectrum might be interpreted as the fact that electron-hole pair creation dominates the intrinsic loss spectrum, while an alternative explanation in terms of surface core level shifted components is also proposed. For the deeper core electronic shell, probed with hard x rays, the opposite situation is observed: while intrinsic electron-hole pair creation was not observed, a strong contribution of intrinsic plasmon losses of about 30% was seen.

  9. X-ray emission and photoelectron spectra of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}

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    Kurmaev, E.Z.; Korotin, M.A.; Galakhov, V.R.; Finkelstein, L.D.; Zabolotzky, E.I.; Efremova, N.N.; Lobachevskaya, N.I.; Stadler, S.; Ederer, D.L.; Callcott, T.A.; Zhou, L.; Moewes, A.; Bartkowski, S.; Neumann, M.; Matsuno, J.; Mizokawa, T.; Fujimori, A.; Mitchell, J.

    1999-05-01

    The results of measurements of x-ray photoelectron (XPS), x-ray emission (XES), and x-ray absorption spectra and local spin-density approximation band structure (LSDA) calculations of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} are presented. The excitation energy dependence of Mn L{sub 2,3} and O K{alpha} x-ray emission spectra of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} is measured using tunable synchrotron radiation. The XES measurements yielded no photon energy dependence for the O K{alpha} spectra, but the Mn L{sub 2,3} spectra yielded inelastic scattering losses of 2 and 6 eV, corresponding to features in the structure of the occupied part of the valence band. Comparing XPS and XES measurements with LSDA band-structure calculations, one concludes that the electronic structure of the compound consists mainly of Mn 3d and O 2p states. States of 3d character localized at the Mn site predominate near the top of the valence band (VB). Some differences in the Mn 3d distribution in this part of the XPS valence band and Mn L{sub 3} XES with {ital d} symmetry due to spin-selection rules that govern the Mn L{sub 3} XES. In addition, the Mn 3d states distribution is hybridized with the O 2p part of the VB. Mn L{sub 3} XES spectra were determined relative to the Fermi energy by assuming normal x-ray emission begins from the lowest level of the p{sup 5}d{sup n+1}L intermediate state (which is the Mn 2p ionizatation threshold). From the local spin-density approximation, the orbital character of the Mn 3d electrons can be assigned e{sub g} symmetry at the top of the valence band T{sub 2g} in the central part of the VB, and equal contributions of e{sub g} and t{sub 2g} states at the bottom of the valence band. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  10. Photoelectron Imaging Spectra of O2(-)·VOC and O4(-)·VOC Complexes.

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    Patros, Kellyn M; Mann, Jennifer E; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2016-10-13

    The anion photoelectron imaging spectra of O2(-)·VOC and O4(-)·VOC (VOC = hexane, isoprene, benzene, and benzene-d6) complexes measured using 3.49 eV photon energy, along with the results of ab initio and density functional theory results are reported and analyzed. Photodetachment of these anionic complexes accesses neutrals that model collision complexes, offering a probe of the effects of symmetry-breaking collision events on the electronic structure of normally transparent neutral molecules. The energies of O2(-)·VOC spectral features compared to the bare O2(-) indicate that photodetachment of the anion accesses a modestly repulsive region of the O2-VOC potential energy surface, with subtle VOC dependence on the relative energies of the O2 (X (3)Σg(-))·VOC ground state and O2 (a (1)Δg)·VOC excited state. In contrast, a significantly higher intensity of the transition to the O2 (a (1)Δg)·VOC excited state relative to the O2 (X (3)Σg(-))·VOC ground state is observed for VOC = benzene, with a less pronounced effect observed for VOC = isoprene. Similar spectral effects are observed in the O4(-)·benzene and O4(-)·isoprene PE spectra. Several explanations are considered, with involvement of a temporary anion state emerging as the most plausible.

  11. Theoretical study of IR and photoelectron spectra of small gallium-arsenide clusters

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    Pouchan, Claude; Marchal, Rémi; Hayashi, Shinsuke

    2015-01-22

    Relative stabilities of small Ga{sub n}As{sub m} clusters, as well as their structural electronic and vibrational properties, were computed and analysed using a CCSD(T) reference method since experimental data in this area are sparse or unknown. With the aim of investigating larger clusters, we explored several DFT functionals and basis sets able to mimic the reliable CCSD(T) approach. Among them, the PBE0/SBKJC+sp,d appears as the most efficient to describe the structural and vibrational properties since average differences of about 0.042Å and 5.1cm{sup −1} were obtained for bond lengths and fundamental vibrational frequencies, respectively for the first small clusters [1] of the series found from our GSAM method [2]. As further test, this model is used in order to investigate and revisit an experimental IR spectrum of Ga{sub n}As{sub m} mixture previously published by Li et al. [3]. More complicated is the difficulty which arises in the electronic description due to the presence of numerous low lying electronic states nearly degenerated to correctly describe the electronic structure. The case of Ga{sub 2}As will be discussed and the photoelectron spectra of the Ga{sub 2}As anion reanalyzed on the ground of our calculations [4] comparatively to the experimental spectra obtained by Neumark and co-workers [5].

  12. Photoelectron spectra of CeO{sup −} and Ce(OH){sub 2}{sup −}

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    Ray, Manisha; Felton, Jeremy A.; Kafader, Jared O.; Topolski, Josey E.; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2015-02-14

    The photoelectron spectrum of CeO{sup −} exhibits what appears to be a single predominant electronic transition over an energy range in which numerous close-lying electronic states of CeO neutral are well known. The photoelectron spectrum of Ce(OH){sub 2}{sup −}, a molecule in which the Ce atom shares the same formal oxidation state as the Ce atom in CeO{sup −}, also exhibits what appears to be a single transition. From the spectra, the adiabatic electron affinities of CeO and Ce(OH){sub 2} are determined to be 0.936 ± 0.007 eV and 0.69 ± 0.03 eV, respectively. From the electron affinity of CeO, the CeO{sup −} bond dissociation energy was determined to be 7.7 eV, 0.5 eV lower than the neutral bond dissociation energy. The ground state orbital occupancies of both CeO{sup −} and Ce(OH){sub 2}{sup −} are calculated to have 4f 6s{sup 2} Ce{sup +} superconfigurations, with open-shell states having 4f5d6s superconfiguration predicted to be over 1 eV higher in energy. Low-intensity transitions observed at higher electron binding energies in the spectrum of CeO{sup −} are tentatively assigned to the {sup 1}Σ{sup +} (Ω = 0) state of CeO with the Ce{sup +2}⍰6s{sup 2} superconfiguration.

  13. Ab Initio Determinations of Photoelectron Spectra Including Vibronic Features: An Upper-Level Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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    Lord, Richard L.; Davis, Lisa; Millam, Evan L.; Brown, Eric; Offerman, Chad; Wray, Paul; Green, Susan M. E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a first-principles determination of the photoelectron spectra of water and hypochlorous acid as a laboratory exercise accessible to students in an undergraduate physical chemistry course. This paper demonstrates the robustness and user-friendliness of software developed for the Franck-Condon factor calculation. While the calculator is…

  14. Ab Initio Determinations of Photoelectron Spectra Including Vibronic Features: An Upper-Level Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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    Lord, Richard L.; Davis, Lisa; Millam, Evan L.; Brown, Eric; Offerman, Chad; Wray, Paul; Green, Susan M. E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a first-principles determination of the photoelectron spectra of water and hypochlorous acid as a laboratory exercise accessible to students in an undergraduate physical chemistry course. This paper demonstrates the robustness and user-friendliness of software developed for the Franck-Condon factor calculation. While the calculator is…

  15. X-ray photoelectron spectra structure and chemical bond nature in NpO2

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    Teterin, Yu. A.; Teterin, A. Yu.; Ivanov, K. E.; Ryzhkov, M. V.; Maslakov, K. I.; Kalmykov, St. N.; Petrov, V. G.; Enina, D. A.

    2014-01-01

    Quantitative analysis was done of the x-ray photoelectron spectra structure in the binding energy (BE) range of 0 to ˜35 eV for neptunium dioxide (NpO2) valence electrons. The BEs and structure of the core electronic shells (˜35-1250 eV) as well as the relativistic discrete variation calculation results for the finite fragment of the NpO2 lattice and the data of other authors were taken into account. The experimental data show that the many-body effects and the multiplet splitting contribute to the spectral structure much less than the effects of formation of the outer (0-˜15 eV) and the inner (˜15-˜35 eV) valence molecular orbitals (OVMO and IVMO, respectively). The filled Np 5f electronic states were shown to form in the NpO2 valence band. The Np 6p electrons participate in formation of both the IVMO and the OVMO (bands). The filled Np 6p3/2 and the O 2s electronic shells were found to take the maximum part in the IVMO formation. The MO composition and the sequence order in the BE range 0-˜35 eV in NpO2 were established. The experimental and theoretical data allowed a quantitative MO scheme for NpO2, which is fundamental for both understanding the chemical bond nature in neptunium dioxide and the interpretation of other x-ray spectra of NpO2.

  16. Vibrational branching ratios in the photoelectron spectra of N2 and CO: interference and diffraction effects.

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    Plésiat, Etienne; Decleva, Piero; Martín, Fernando

    2012-08-21

    We present a detailed account of existing theoretical methods specially designed to provide vibrationally resolved photoionization cross sections of simple molecules within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, with emphasis on newly developed methods based on density functional theory. The performance of these methods is shown for the case of N(2) and CO photoionization. Particular attention is paid to the region of high photon energies, where the electron wavelength is comparable to the bond length and, therefore, two-center interferences and diffraction are expected to occur. As shown in a recent work [Canton et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2011, 108, 7302-7306], the main experimental difficulty, which is to extract the relatively small diffraction features from the rapidly decreasing cross section, can be easily overcome by determining ratios of vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra and existing theoretical calculations. From these ratios, one can thus get direct information about the molecular geometry. In this work, results obtained in a wide range of photon energies and for many different molecular orbitals of N(2) and CO are discussed and compared with the available experimental measurements. From this comparison, limitations and further possible improvements of the existing theoretical methods are discussed. The new results presented in the manuscript confirm that the conclusions reported in the above reference are of general validity.

  17. Extreme ultraviolet ionization of pure He nanodroplets: Mass-correlated photoelectron imaging, Penning ionization, and electron energy-loss spectra

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    Buchta, D.; Stienkemeier, F.; Mudrich, M.; Krishnan, S. R.; Moshammer, R.; Brauer, N. B.; Drabbels, M.; O’Keeffe, P.; Coreno, M.; Devetta, M.; Di Fraia, M.; Callegari, C.; Richter, R.; Prince, K. C.; Ullrich, J.

    2013-08-28

    The ionization dynamics of pure He nanodroplets irradiated by Extreme ultraviolet radiation is studied using Velocity-Map Imaging PhotoElectron-PhotoIon COincidence spectroscopy. We present photoelectron energy spectra and angular distributions measured in coincidence with the most abundant ions He{sup +}, He{sub 2}{sup +}, and He{sub 3}{sup +}. Surprisingly, below the autoionization threshold of He droplets, we find indications for multiple excitation and subsequent ionization of the droplets by a Penning-like process. At high photon energies we observe inelastic collisions of photoelectrons with the surrounding He atoms in the droplets.

  18. Vibrationally high-resolved electronic spectra of MCl2 (M = C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) and photoelectron spectra of MCl2-

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    Ran, Yibin; Pang, Min; Shen, Wei; Li, Ming; He, Rongxing

    2016-10-01

    We systematically studied the vibrational-resolved electronic spectra of group IV dichlorides using the Franck-Condon approximation combined with the Duschinsky and Herzberg-Teller effects in harmonic and anharmonic frameworks (only the simulation of absorption spectra includes the anharmonicity). Calculated results showed that the band shapes of simulated spectra are in accordance with those of the corresponding experimental or theoretical ones. We found that the symmetric bend mode in progression of absorption is the most active one, whereas the main contributor in photoelectron spectra is the symmetric stretching mode. Moreover, the Duschinsky and anharmonic effects exert weak influence on the absorption spectra, except for PbCl2 molecule. The theoretical insights presented in this work are significant in understanding the photophysical properties of MCl2 (M = C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) and studying the Herzberg-Teller and the anharmonic effects on the absorption spectra of new dichlorides of this main group.

  19. 4d{sup -1} photoelectron spectra and subsequent N{sub 4,5}OO Auger electron spectra of atomic Sb

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    Patanen, M.; Heinaesmaeki, S.; Urpelainen, S.; Aksela, S.; Aksela, H.

    2010-05-15

    4d{sup -1} photoelectron and subsequent N{sub 4,5}OO Auger electron spectra of Sb have been measured using synchrotron radiation. Features created by an open shell electronic structure of atomic Sb in the spectra have been interpreted using multiconfigurational Dirac-Fock calculations. The results are compared with the molecular Sb{sub 4} and the comparison shows that the relaxation pathways of the hole states in atomic and molecular Sb are very different, so that different groups of states are populated in the corresponding Auger spectra.

  20. Study of the photoelectron and electron momentum spectra of cyclopentene using benchmark Dyson orbital theories.

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    Huang, Yan R; Ning, Chuan G; Deng, Jing K; Deleuze, Michael S

    2008-05-07

    A complete study of the valence electronic structure and related electronic excitation properties of cyclopentene in its C(s) ground state geometry is presented. Ionization spectra obtained from this compound by means of photoelectron spectroscopy (He I and He II) and electron momentum spectroscopy have been analyzed in details up to electron binding energies of 30 eV using one-particle Green's function (1p-GF) theory along with the outer-valence (OVGF) and the third-order algebraic diagrammatic construction [ADC(3)] schemes. The employed geometries derive from DFT/B3LYP calculations in conjunction with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set, and closely approach the structures inferred from experiments employing microwave spectroscopy or electron diffraction in the gas phase. The 1p-GF/ADC(3) calculations indicate that the orbital picture of ionization breaks down at electron binding energies larger than approximately 17 eV in the inner-valence region, and that the outer-valence 7a' orbital is also subject to a significant dispersion of the ionization intensity over shake-up states. This study confirms further the rule that OVGF pole strengths smaller than 0.85 foretell a breakdown of the orbital picture of ionization at the ADC(3) level. Spherically averaged (e, 2e) electron momentum distributions at an electron impact energy of 1200 eV that were experimentally inferred from an angular analysis of EMS intensities have been interpreted by comparison with accurate simulations employing ADC(3) Dyson orbitals. Very significant discrepancies were observed with momentum distributions obtained from several outer-valence ionization bands using standard Kohn-Sham orbitals.

  1. Limits of detection for time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS): detection of low amounts of adsorbed protein.

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    Wagner, Matthew S; McArthur, Sally L; Shen, Mingchao; Horbett, Thomas A; Castner, David G

    2002-01-01

    Characterization of biomaterial surfaces requires analytical techniques that are capable of detecting a wide concentration range of adsorbed protein. This range includes detection of low amounts of adsorbed protein (<10 ng/cm2) that may be present on non-fouling biomaterials. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) are surface sensitive techniques capable of detecting adsorbed proteins. We have investigated the lower limits of detection of both XPS and ToF-SIMS on four model substrates each presenting unique challenges for analysis by XPS and ToF-SIMS: mica, poly(tetrafluoroethylene), allyl amine plasma polymer and heptyl amine plasma polymer. The detection limit for XPS ranged from 10 ng/cm2 of fibrinogen (on mica) to 200 ng/cm2 (on allyl amine plasma polymers). The detection limit for ToF-SIMS ranged from 0.1 ng/cm2 of fibrinogen to 100 ng/cm2, depending on the substrate and data analysis. Optimal conditions provided detection limits between 0.1 ng/cm2 and 15 ng/cm2 on all of the substrates used in this study. While both techniques were shown to be effective in detecting protein, the sensitivity of both XPS and ToF-SIMS was shown to be dependent on substrate surface chemistry and the organization of the adsorbed protein film. This study specifically highlights the applicability of ToF-SIMS in the characterization of low level protein adsorption.

  2. Effects of CeO2 on the XPS valence band spectra of coal under the combustion initialization stage at 400°C

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    Qi, Cheng-lin; Zhang, Jian-liang; Ma, Chao; Feng, Gen-sheng; Song, Zhong-ping

    2013-04-01

    In order to get the catalytic mechanism of CeO2 on graphite and coal at 400°C, the morphologies of coal, graphite, and CeO2 before and after combustion were analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is found that the particle size of coal is mostly between 11.727 and 64.79 μm, while the particle size of CeO2 is between 1.937 and 11.79 μm. The agglomeration of coal and CeO2 can be seen by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after reaction. XPS results show that with the addition of CeO2, the intensity of binding energy gets stronger, but there is no energy peak transition. Comparing the character of coal with and without the addition of CeO2, it can be seen that the C-C bond fractures first at 400°C, while the C-H energy-band takes electrons at the same time to be far away from the Fermi level, and the O 2s, O 2p, and C sp hybrid orbitals are all excited. Adding CeO2 can enhance the activity of the whole coal. In addition, through XPS analysis, combined with the oxygen transfer theory and the electron transfer theory, the catalytic mechanism of CeO2 for pulverized coal combustion could be obtained.

  3. Band strength in photoelectron spectra and photoionization cross sections of pyrrole and of conformation isomers of 1,1-dimethylhydrazine

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    Kiro, Z. A.; Dykhanov, S. M.; Zverev, V. V.

    1988-09-01

    The dependence of partial photoionization cross sections of the 1,1-dimethylhydrazine molecule on the spatial characteristics (bond lengths, valence and dihedral angles) has been studied. The presence of a gauche-conformation isomer in the gaseous phase has been established, as confirmed by a comparison of the photoionization cross section ratios for the corresponding molecular orbitals with the relative band strengths in photoelectron spectra.

  4. Deduction of the chemical state and the electronic structure of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy core-level and valence-band spectra

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    Wang, Jing; Liang, Le; Zhang, Lanting E-mail: lmsun@sjtu.edu.cn; Sun, Limin E-mail: lmsun@sjtu.edu.cn; Hirano, Shinichi

    2014-10-28

    Characterization of chemical state and electronic structure of the technologically important Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is attractive for understanding the physical nature of its excellent magnetic properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of such rare-earth compound is important and also challenging due to the easy oxidation of surface and small photoelectron cross-sections of rare-earth 4f electrons and B 2p electrons, etc. Here, we reported an investigation based on XPS spectra of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound as a function of Ar ion sputtering time. The chemical state of Fe and that of B in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound can be clearly determined to be 0 and −3, respectively. The Nd in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is found to have the chemical state of close to +3 instead of +3 as compared with the Nd in Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition, by comparing the valence-band spectrum of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound to that of the pure Fe, the contributions from Nd, Fe, and B to the valence-band structure of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is made more clear. The B 2p states and B 2s states are identified to be at ∼11.2 eV and ∼24.6 eV, respectively, which is reported for the first time. The contribution from Nd 4f states can be identified both in XPS core-level spectrum and XPS valence-band spectrum. Although Nd 4f states partially hybridize with Fe 3d states, Nd 4f states are mainly localized in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound.

  5. The influence of oxygen adsorption on the NEXAFS and core-level XPS spectra of the C{sub 60} derivative PCBM

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    Brumboiu, Iulia Emilia Eriksson, Olle; Brena, Barbara; Ericsson, Leif; Hansson, Rickard; Moons, Ellen

    2015-02-07

    Fullerenes have been a main focus of scientific research since their discovery due to the interesting possible applications in various fields like organic photovoltaics (OPVs). In particular, the derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 60}-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) is currently one of the most popular choices due to its higher solubility in organic solvents compared to unsubstituted C{sub 60}. One of the central issues in the field of OPVs is device stability, since modules undergo deterioration (losses in efficiency, open circuit voltage, and short circuit current) during operation. In the case of fullerenes, several possibilities have been proposed, including dimerization, oxidation, and impurity related deterioration. We have studied by means of density functional theory the possibility of oxygen adsorption on the C{sub 60} molecular moiety of PCBM. The aim is to provide guidelines for near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements which can probe the presence of atomic or molecular oxygen on the fullerene cage. By analysing several configurations of PCBM with one or more adsorbed oxygen atoms, we show that a joint core level XPS and O1s NEXAFS investigation could be effectively used not only to confirm oxygen adsorption but also to pinpoint the bonding configuration and the nature of the adsorbate.

  6. C1s and O1s photoelectron satellite spectra of CO with symmetry-dependent vibrational excitations

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    Ehara, M.; Kuramoto, K.; Nakatsuji, H.; Hoshino, M.; Tanaka, T.; Kitajima, M.; Tanaka, H.; De Fanis, A.; Tamenori, Y.; Ueda, K.

    2006-09-01

    The photoelectron shake-up satellite spectra that accompany the C1s and O1s main lines of carbon monoxide have been studied by a combination of high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and accurate ab initio calculations. The symmetry-adapted cluster-expansion configuration-interaction general-R method satisfactorily reproduces the satellite spectra over a wide energy region, and the quantitative assignments are proposed for the 16 and 12 satellite bands for C1s and O1s spectra, respectively. Satellite peaks above the π-1π * transitions are mainly assigned to the Rydberg excitations accompanying the inner-shell ionization. Many shake-up states, which interact strongly with three-electron processes such as π-2π*2 and n-2π*2, are calculated in the low-energy region, while the continuous Rydberg excitations are obtained with small intensities in the higher-energy region. The vibrational structures of low-lying shake-up states have been examined for both C1s and O1s ionizations. The vibrational structures appear in the low-lying C1s satellite states, and the symmetry-dependent angular distributions for the satellite emission have enabled the Σ and Π symmetries to be resolved. On the other hand, the potential curves of the low-lying O1s shake-up states are predicted to be weakly bound or repulsive.

  7. Franck-Condon profiles in photodetachment-photoelectron spectra of ? and ? based on vibrational configuration interaction wavefunctions

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    Huh, Joonsuk; Neff, Michael; Rauhut, Guntram; Berger, Robert

    2010-02-01

    Explicitly electron correlating coupled cluster calculations, CCSD(T)-F12a, were performed to determine three-dimensional potential energy hypersurfaces of disulphanide and disulphanyl in an automated approach. Surfaces for different electronic states were used in a Watson rovibrational Hamiltonian ansatz to obtain the correlated anharmonic vibrational wavefunctions. Subsequently the anharmonic Franck-Condon overlap integrals were evaluated. The computed Franck-Condon profiles were compared to experimental photodetachment-photoelectron spectra and confirm essentially the assignments made previously. The profiles indicate, however, additional weaker, and as of yet unresolved, additional features.

  8. Measurement of magnetic field aligned potential differences using high resolution conjugate photoelectron energy spectra

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    Peterson, W. K.; Doering, J. P.; Potemra, T. A.; Bostrom, C. O.; Brace, L. H.; Heelis, R. A.; Hanson, W. B.

    1977-01-01

    Simultaneous high-resolution observations of a distinctive feature in the energy spectrum of conjugate photoelectrons and spacecraft potential relative to the local ionosphere have allowed the net potential difference between magnetic conjugate points at latitudes below the region of low-energy (i.e., lower than 100 eV) auroral electron precipitation to be determined. Measurements made at 300 km from Atmosphere Explorer C show that there is normally no net potential difference between hemispheres in this region, which extended up to invariant latitudes as high as 74 deg. Two types of apparently related anomalous behavior were infrequently observed at high latitudes. During these periods the incident flux of conjugate photoelectrons was either decelerated by about 3 eV or was not detected.

  9. Calculated photoelectron spectra of isotopomers of the propargyl radical (H 2C 3H): An explicitly correlated coupled cluster study

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    Botschwina, Peter; Oswald, Rainer

    2010-12-01

    Explicitly correlated coupled cluster theory at the (U)CCSD(T∗)-F12a level has been employed to study the vibrational structure of the first two bands of the low-temperature photoelectron spectra of four different isotopomers of the propargyl radical with C 2v symmetry (H 2C 3H, H 2C 3D, D 2C 3H, and D 2C 3D). A five-dimensional anharmonic model is employed to calculate the peak positions and relative intensities. While the first band of the PE spectra of all four isotopomers is dominated by the adiabatic peak, the second band shows a progression in the pseudoantisymmetric CC stretching vibration v3 with relative intensities of 100:68:23:5:1 for n = 0-4 in the case of the most abundant isotopomer.

  10. Linear dimerized Se chains in cancrinite nanochannels: X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectra

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    Poborchii, V. V.; Sato, M.; Shchukarev, A. V.

    1997-09-01

    Cancrinite crystals containing adsorbed selenium in 1-dimensional nanochannels (Can-Se) have been examined by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and polarized infrared spectroscopy. It is found that adsorbed selenium forms Se 22- anions substituting OH - groups inside channels. Se 22- dimers are located in the center of the cancrinite channel and oriented along the channel. They interact with Na + cations located in the channels and with each other giving rise to a linear chain incommensurate to the cancrinite matrix. The arrangement of the dimers in the chain has been found to be dependent on the temperature.

  11. An XPS study of the adherence of refractory carbide, silicide, and boride RF-sputtered wear-resistant coatings. [X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of steel surfaces

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    Brainard, W. A.; Wheeler, D. R.

    1978-01-01

    Radio frequency sputtering was used to deposit refractory carbide, silicide, and boride coatings on 440-C steel substrates. Both sputter etched and pre-oxidized substrates were used and the films were deposited with and without a substrate bias. The composition of the coatings was determined as a function of depth by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy combined with argon ion etching. Friction and wear tests were conducted to evaluate coating adherence. In the interfacial region there was evidence that bias may produce a graded interface for some compounds. Biasing, while generally improving bulk film stoichiometry, can adversely affect adherence by removing interfacial oxide layers. Oxides of all film constituents except carbon and iron were present in all cases but the iron oxide coverage was only complete on the preoxidized substrates. The film and iron oxides were mixed in the MoSi2 and Mo2C films but layered in the Mo2B5 films. In the case of mixed oxides, preoxidation enhanced film adherence. In the layered case it did not.

  12. Investigation of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS), cyclic voltammetric analyses of WO3 films and their electrochromic response in FTO/WO3/electrolyte/FTO cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Jayachandran, M.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2006-06-01

    Electrochromic thin films of tungsten oxide (WO3) were prepared on transparent conducting oxide substrates, i.e., fluorine doped tin oxide coated (FTO or SnO2:F) glass and microscopic glass substrates by the electron beam evaporation technique using pure WO3 (99.99%) pellets at various substrate temperatures (i.e., Tsub = room temperature (RT, 30 °C), 100 °C and 200 °C). The films were prepared under vacuum of the order of 1 × 10-5 mbar. The room temperature prepared films were further post-heat-treated (Tanne) at 200 and 300 °C for about 1 h in the vacuum environment. The prepared films are in monoclinic phase. The chemical composition has been characterized by using the XPS technique. The W 4f and O 1s core levels of WO3 films have been studied on the samples. The obtained core level binding energies revealed the WO3 films contained six-valent tungsten (W6+). The electrochemical nature of the films was studied by a three-electrode electrochemical cell in the configuration of FTO/WO3/H2SO4/Pt, SCE, using the cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. Electrochromic devices (ECDs) of the general type FTO/WO3/electrolyte/FTO were studied. The films produced at higher substrate temperature show smaller modulation of the visible spectrum, compared with the films produced at lower temperatures. The significant chemical bonding nature associated with the coloring/bleaching process which follows the H+ ion incorporation in the film is studied by FTIR analysis. The W-O-W framework peak was observed at 563 cm-1 and confirms the stability of the films in the electrochemical analysis. The results obtained from cyclic voltammetry technique and ECD cell characterization are used to emphasize the suitability for some applications of the solar control systems.

  13. Intensity analysis of XPS spectra to determine oxide uniformity - Application to SiO2/Si interfaces

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1980-01-01

    A simple method of determining oxide uniformity is derived which requires no knowlege of film thickness, escape depth, or film composition. The method involves only the measurement of oxide and substrate intensities and is illustrated by analysis of XPS spectral data for thin SiO2 films grown both thermally and by low-temperature chemical vapor deposition on monocrystalline Si. A region 20-30 A thick is found near the SiO2/Si interface on thermally oxidized samples which has an inelastic mean free path 35% less than that found in the bulk oxide. This is interpreted as being due to lattice mismatch resulting in a strained region which is structurally, but not stoichiometrically, distinct from the bulk oxide.

  14. Intensity analysis of XPS spectra to determine oxide uniformity - Application to SiO2/Si interfaces

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1980-01-01

    A simple method of determining oxide uniformity is derived which requires no knowlege of film thickness, escape depth, or film composition. The method involves only the measurement of oxide and substrate intensities and is illustrated by analysis of XPS spectral data for thin SiO2 films grown both thermally and by low-temperature chemical vapor deposition on monocrystalline Si. A region 20-30 A thick is found near the SiO2/Si interface on thermally oxidized samples which has an inelastic mean free path 35% less than that found in the bulk oxide. This is interpreted as being due to lattice mismatch resulting in a strained region which is structurally, but not stoichiometrically, distinct from the bulk oxide.

  15. Derivation of Hamaker Dispersion Energy of Amorphous Carbon Surfaces in Contact with Liquids Using Photoelectron Energy-Loss Spectra

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    Godet, Christian; David, Denis

    2017-08-01

    Hamaker interaction energies and cutoff distances have been calculated for disordered carbon films, in contact with purely dispersive (diiodomethane) or polar (water) liquids, using their experimental dielectric functions ɛ (q, ω) obtained over a broad energy range. In contrast with previous works, a q-averaged <ɛ (q, ω) > q is derived from photoelectron energy-loss spectroscopy (XPS-PEELS) where the energy loss function (ELF) < Im[-1/ɛ (q, ω)] > q is a weighted average over allowed transferred wave vector values, q, given by the physics of bulk plasmon excitation. For microcrystalline diamond and amorphous carbon films with a wide range of (sp3/sp2 + sp3) hybridization, non-retarded Hamaker energies, A 132 (L < 1 nm), were calculated in several configurations, and distance and wavenumber cutoff values were then calculated based on A 132 and the dispersive work of adhesion obtained from contact angles. A geometric average approximation, H 0 CVL = (H 0 CVC H 0 LVL )1/2, holds for the cutoff separation distances obtained for carbon-vacuum-liquid (CVL), carbon-vacuum-carbon (CVC) and liquid-vacuum-liquid (LVL) equilibrium configurations. The linear dependence found for A CVL, A CLC and A CLV values as a function of A CVC, for each liquid, allows predictive relationships for Hamaker energies (in any configuration) using experimental determination of the dispersive component of the surface tension, {γ}_{CV}^d , and a guess value of the cutoff distance H 0 CVC of the solid. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Liquid-Jet X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of TiO(2) Nanoparticles in an Aqueous Electrolyte Solution.

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    Makowski, Michael J; Galhenage, Randima P; Langford, Joel; Hemminger, John C

    2016-05-05

    Titania has attracted significant interest due to its broad catalytic applications, many of which involve titania nanoparticles in contact with aqueous electrolyte solutions. Understanding the titania nanoparticle/electrolyte interface is critical for the rational development of such systems. Here, we have employed liquid-jet ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) to investigate the solid/electrolyte interface of 20 nm diameter TiO2 nanoparticles in 0.1 M aqueous nitric acid solution. The Ti 2p line shape and absolute binding energy reflect a fully oxidized stoichiometric titania lattice. Further, by increasing the X-ray excitation energy, the difference in O 1s binding energies between that of liquid water (O 1sliq) and the titania lattice (O 1slat) oxygen was measured as a function of probe depth into the particles. The titania lattice, O 1slat, binding energy decreases by 250 meV when probing from the particle surface into the bulk. This is interpreted as downward band bending at the interface.

  17. Theoretical Analysis of Photoelectron Spectra of Pure and Mixed Metal Clusters: Disentangling Size, Structure, and Composition Effects

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    Acioli, Paulo H.; Jellinek, Julius

    2017-07-14

    A theoretical/computational description and analysis of the spectra of electron binding energies of Al12-, Al13- and Al12Ni- clusters, which differ in size and/or composition by a single atom yet possess strikingly different measured photoelectron spectra, is presented. It is shown that the measured spectra can not only be reproduced computationally with quantitative fidelity – this is achieved through a combination of state-of-the-art density functional theory with a highly accurate scheme for conversion of the Kohn-Sham eigenenergies into electron binding energies – but also explained in terms of the effects of size, structure/symmetry and composition. Furthermore, a new methodology is developedmore » and applied that provides for disentanglement and differential assignment of the separate roles played by size, structure/symmetry and composition in defining the observed differences in the measured spectra. The methodology is general and applicable to any finite system, homogeneous or heterogeneous. Finally, we project that in combination with advances in synthesis techniques this methodology will become an indispensable computation-based aid in the design of controlled synthesis protocols for manufacture of nanosystems and nanodevices with precisely desired electronic and other characteristics.« less

  18. Attosecond electronic and nuclear quantum photodynamics of ozone monitored with time and angle resolved photoelectron spectra

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    Decleva, Piero; Quadri, Nicola; Perveaux, Aurelie; Lauvergnat, David; Gatti, Fabien; Lasorne, Benjamin; Halász, Gábor J.; Vibók, Ágnes

    2016-01-01

    Recently we reported a series of numerical simulations proving that it is possible in principle to create an electronic wave packet and subsequent electronic motion in a neutral molecule photoexcited by a UV pump pulse within a few femtoseconds. We considered the ozone molecule: for this system the electronic wave packet leads to a dissociation process. In the present work, we investigate more specifically the time-resolved photoelectron angular distribution of the ozone molecule that provides a much more detailed description of the evolution of the electronic wave packet. We thus show that this experimental technique should be able to give access to observing in real time the creation of an electronic wave packet in a neutral molecule and its impact on a chemical process. PMID:27819356

  19. Laser fields at flat interfaces: II. Plasmon resonances in aluminium photoelectron spectra

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    Raşeev, G.

    2012-07-01

    Using the model derived in paper I [G. Raşeev, Eur. Phys. J. D 66, 167 (2012)], this work presents calculations of the photoelectron spectrum (PES) of low index aluminium surfaces in the 10-30 eV region. The laser is p or transverse magnetic linearly polarized incident on a flat structureless surface and its fields are modeled in I using the vector potential in the temporal gauge. This model uses a tensor and non-local isotropic (TNLI) susceptibility and solves the classical Ampère-Maxwell equation through the use of the vector potential from the electron density-coupled integro-differential equations (VPED-CIDE). The PE cross sections are the squares of the PE transition moments calculated using the VPED-CIDE vector potential function of the penetration coordinate. The PES is obtained in a one step model using either the Fermi golden rule or the Weisskopf-Wigner (WW) expressions. The WW cross section PES compares favorably with the experimental angle and energy resolved photoelectron yield (AERPY) spectrum of Levinson et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 43, 952 (1979)], Levinson and Plummer [Phys. Rev. B 24, 628 (1981)] for Al(001) and of Barman et al. [Phys. Rev. B 58, R4285 (1998)], Barman [Curr. Sci. 88, 54 (2005)] for Al(111) surfaces. As in the experiment, our theoretical AERPY displays the multipole surface plasmon resonance at 11.32/12.75 eV for Al(001)/Al(111), mainly due to the surface contribution |⟨ψf|p·A|ψi⟩|2, the bulk plasmon minimum at 15 eV and the two single particle excitation resonances at about 16 and 22 eV. The nature of the plasmon resonances of the PES is analyzed using the reflectance, the electron density induced by the laser and Feibelman's parameter d⊥ all introduced in paper I.

  20. Valence photoelectron spectra of alkali bromides calculated within the propagator theory.

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    Karpenko, Alexander; Iablonskyi, Denys; Aksela, Helena

    2013-04-28

    The valence ionization spectra covering the binding energy range 0-45 eV of alkali bromide XBr (X = Li, Na, K, Rb) vapors are studied within the framework of the propagator theory. Relativistic Algebraic Diagrammatic Construction calculations have been carried out in order to investigate photoionization processes and to describe molecular electronic structure. Theoretical results are compared with available experimental data.

  1. Photoelectron spectra and structure of the Mn{sub n}{sup −} anions (n = 2–16)

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    Gutsev, G. L. Weatherford, C. A.; Ramachandran, B. R.; Gutsev, L. G.; Zheng, W.-J.; Thomas, O. C.; Bowen, Kit H.

    2015-07-28

    Photoelectron spectra of the Mn{sub n}{sup −} anion clusters (n = 2–16) are obtained by anion photoelectron spectroscopy. The electronic and geometrical structures of the anions are computed using density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation and a basis set of triple-ζ quality. The electronic and geometrical structures of the neutral Mn{sub n} clusters have also been computed to estimate the adiabatic electron affinities. The average absolute difference between the computed and experimental vertical detachment energies of an extra electron is about 0.2 eV. Beginning with n = 6, all lowest total energy states of the Mn{sub n}{sup −} anions are ferrimagnetic with the spin multiplicities which do not exceed 8. The computed ionization energies of the neutral Mn{sub n} clusters are in good agreement with previously obtained experimental data. According to the results of our computations, the binding energies of Mn atoms are nearly independent on the cluster charge for n > 6 and possess prominent peaks at Mn{sub 13} and Mn{sub 13}{sup −} in the neutral and anionic series, respectively. The density of states obtained from the results of our computations for the Mn{sub n}{sup −} anion clusters show the metallic character of the anion electronic structures.

  2. Induced-field enhancement of band-structure effects in photoelectron spectra from Al surfaces by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Ríos Rubiano, C. A.; Della Picca, R.; Mitnik, D. M.; Silkin, V. M.; Gravielle, M. S.

    2017-03-01

    The electron emission produced by the grazing incidence of ultrashort laser pulses on two faces of aluminum, Al(100) and Al(111), is investigated using the band-structure-based-Volkov (BSB-V) approximation. The present version of the BSB-V approach includes not only a realistic description of the surface interaction, accounting for band-structure effects, but also effects due to the induced potential that originates from the collective response of valence electrons to the external electromagnetic field. For both crystallographic orientations we found that the induced potential contributes to the emergence of band-structure signatures in the near-threshold region of photoelectron spectra. This result opens a window to scrutinize band-structure effects in metal surfaces via ultrashort-laser interactions.

  3. Double-slit experiment with a polyatomic molecule: vibrationally resolved C 1s photoelectron spectra of acetylene

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    Argenti, L.; Thomas, T. D.; Plésiat, E.; Liu, X.-J.; Miron, C.; Lischke, T.; Prümper, G.; Sakai, K.; Ouchi, T.; Püttner, R.; Sekushin, V.; Tanaka, T.; Hoshino, M.; Tanaka, H.; Decleva, P.; Ueda, K.; Martín, F.

    2012-03-01

    We report the first evidence for double-slit interferences in a polyatomic molecule, which we have observed in the experimental carbon 1s photoelectron spectra of acetylene (or ethyne). The spectra have been measured over the photon energy range of 310-930 eV and show prominent oscillations in the intensity ratios σg(υ)/σu(υ) for the vibrational quantum numbers υ = 0,1 and for the ratios σs(υ = 1)/σs(υ = 0) for the symmetry s = g,u. The experimental findings are in very good agreement with ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations and are compatible with the Cohen-Fano mechanism of coherent emission from two equivalent atomic centers. This interpretation is supported by the qualitative predictions of a simple model in which the effect of nuclear recoil is taken into account to the lowest order. Our results confirm the delocalized character of the core hole created in the primary photoionization event and demonstrate that intramolecular core-hole coherence can survive the decoherent influence associated with the asymmetric nuclear degrees of freedom which are characteristic of polyatomic molecules.

  4. Rotationally resolved photoelectron spectra in resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HCl via the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state

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    Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1991-12-01

    Results of studies of rotational ion distributions in the X 2Π3/2 and X 2Π1/2 spin-orbit states of HCl+ resulting from (2+1') resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) via the S(0) branch of the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state are reported and compared with measured threshold-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy spectra reported recently [K. S. Haber, Y. Jiang, G. Bryant, H. Lefebvre-Brion, and E. R. Grant, Phys. Rev. A (in press)]. These results show comparable intensities for J+=3/2 of the X 2Π3/2 ion and J+=1/2 of the X 2Π1/2 ion. Both transitions require an angular momentum change of ΔN=-1 upon photoionization. To provide further insight into the near-threshold dynamics of this process, we also show rotationally resolved photoelectron angular distributions, alignment of the ion rotational levels, and rotational distributions for the parity components of the ion rotational levels. About 18% population is predicted to occur in the (+) parity component, which would arise from odd partial-wave contributions to the photoelectron matrix element. This behavior is similar to that in (2+1) REMPI via the S(2) branch of the F 1Δ2 state of HBr and was shown to arise from significant l mixing in the electronic continuum due to the nonspherical molecular ion potential. Rotational ion distributions resulting from (2+1) REMPI via the S(10) branch of the F 1Δ2 state are also shown.

  5. Determination of the absolute carrier-envelope phase by angle-resolved photoelectron spectra of Ar by intense circularly polarized few-cycle pulses

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    Fukahori, Shinichi; Ando, Toshiaki; Miura, Shun; Kanya, Reika; Yamanouchi, Kaoru; Rathje, Tim; Paulus, Gerhard G.

    2017-05-01

    The angle-resolved photoelectron spectra of Ar are recorded using intense circularly polarized near-infrared few-cycle laser pulses, and the effect of the depletion of Ar atoms by the ionization and the effect of the Coulombic potential are examined by the classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations. On the basis of the comparison between the experimental and theoretical photoelectron spectra, a procedure for estimating the absolute carrier-envelope phase (CEP) of the few-cycle laser pulses interacting with atoms and molecules is proposed. It is confirmed that the absolute CEP can securely be estimated without any numerical calculations once the angular distribution of the yield of photoelectrons having the kinetic energy larger than 30 eV is measured with the peak laser intensity in the range between 1 ×1014 and 5 ×1014W /c m2 .

  6. Theoretical studies of photoelectron spectra of SO42-(H2O)n clusters and the extrapolation to bulk solution

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    Zhan, Chang-Guo; Zheng, Fang; Dixon, David A.

    2003-07-01

    Photoelectron spectra of hydrated doubly charged anion clusters, SO42-(H2O)n, have been studied by performing first-principles electronic structure calculations on SO42-(H2O)n (n=3-6, 12, and 13). The calculated adiabatic electron ionization energies are in good agreement with available experimental data. A detailed analysis of the calculated results suggests that for n⩾12 the observed threshold ionization energy of the low binding energy band in the recently reported photoelectron spectra of SO42-(H2O)n is associated with the electron ionization from the solute, SO42-, whereas the observed threshold ionization energy of the high binding energy band is associated with the electron ionization from the water molecules in the first solvation shell of SO42-. For n⩽6, both threshold ionization energies of the low and high binding energy bands are all associated with the electron ionizations from the solute. This shows that the bulk solution value (n→∞) extrapolated from those threshold ionization energies of the high binding energy band of the clusters should refer to the first ionization energy of the water molecules in the first solvation shell of SO42- in aqueous solution and, therefore, should be significantly smaller than the measured threshold ionization energy of liquid water. This differs from the recent result that the value of 10.05 eV extrapolated from the threshold ionization energies of the high binding energy band based on a simple 1/Rc model was nearly identical to the measured threshold ionization energy (10.06 eV) of liquid water. To address this difference, we have used a new approach for the extrapolation of solvated ion cluster data to bulk solution. We show that the new extrapolation approach consistently produces extrapolated bulk solution results in significantly better agreement with those observed directly in bulk solution for the first ionization energies of the ions in SO42-(H2O)n, Br-(H2O)n, and I-(H2O)n. The same extrapolation

  7. Theoretical studies on the photoelectron and absorption spectra of MnO4(-) and TcO4(-).

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    Su, Jing; Xu, Wen-Hua; Xu, Chao-Fei; Schwarz, W H E; Li, Jun

    2013-09-03

    The tetraoxo pertechnetate anion (TcO4(-)) is of great interest for nuclear waste management and radiopharmceuticals. To elucidate its electronic structure and to compare with that of its lighter congener MnO4(-), the photoelectron and electronic absorption spectra of MnO4(-) and TcO4(-) are investigated with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio wave function theory (WFT). The vertical electron detachment energies (VDEs) of MnO4(-) obtained with the CR-EOM-CCSD(T) method are in good agreement with the lowest two experimental VDEs; the differences are less than 0.1 eV, representing a significant improvement over the IP-EOM-CCSD(T) result in the literature. Combining our CCSD(T) and CR-EOM-CCSD(T) results, the first five VDEs of TcO4(-) are estimated between 5 and 10 eV with an estimated accuracy of about ±0.2 eV. The vertical excitation energies are determined by using TD-DFT, CR-EOM-CCSD(T), and RAS-PT2 methods. The excitation energies and the assignments of the spectra are analyzed and partly improved. They are compared with reported SAC-CI results and available experimental data. Both dynamic and nondynamic electron correlations are important in the ground and excited states of MnO4(-) and TcO4(-). Nondynamical correlations are particularly relevant in TcO4(-) for reliable prediction of excitation energies. In TcO4(-) one Rydberg state interlaces but does not mix with the valence excited states, and it disappears in the condensed phase.

  8. Structural chemistry of polycyclic heteroaromatic compounds. Part XI. Photoelectron spectra and electronic structures of tetracyclic hetarenes of the triphenylene type

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    Rademacher, Paul; Heinemann, Christoph; Jänsch, Sylvia; Kowski, Klaus; Weiß, Michael E.

    2000-05-01

    The UV photoelectron spectra of several tetracyclic heteroaromatic compounds ( 2- 9) which are π-isoelectronic with triphenylene ( 1) have been recorded and analysed making use of semiempirical AM1 and PM3 as well as ab initio/DFT B3LYP calculations. In one series of compounds ( 2- 7), the peripheral benzene rings of 1 are successively substituted by thiophene rings that are either [b]- or [c]-annellated with the central benzene unit. In 2- 7 only marginal shifts are found for most of the IPs of electrons. In the benzotrithiophenes 5- 7, a systematic variation is displayed by IP( π7). Compared to 1, the π electron system of benzo[c]trithiophene ( 7) is approximately two times as much destabilized as in the isomers 5 and 6 with [b]annellated thiophene rings. The IP[ n(S)] values of the thiophene derivatives 2- 7 indicate that these orbitals are clearly destabilized relative to thiophene. The same holds for the n(O) orbital of the furane derivative 9 in comparison with that of furane. In 9, only the higher π MOs ( π7- π9) are destabilized whereas the lower levels ( π1- π4) are stabilized, and those in between ( π5- π6) remain essentially unshifted. In the pyrrole derivative 8, all π MOs are substantially destabilized by about 0.5-1.6 eV relative to 1.

  9. Site-specific recoil-induced effects on inner-shell photoionization of linear triatomic molecules: N 1 s photoelectron spectra of N2 O

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    Krivosenko, Yu. S.; Pavlychev, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate hard X-ray ionization of linear triatomic molecules accenting recoil-induced effects on the dynamics of molecular frame. This dynamics is studied within the two-springs and harmonic approximations. The mode-channel relationship connecting the excitations of vibrational, rotational and translational degrees of freedom with the Σ → Σ and Σ → Π photoionization channels is applied to compute the N 1s-1 photoelectron spectra of molecular N2 O for various photon energies. The distinct ionized-site- and molecular-orientation-specific changes in the vibration structure of the 1 s photoelectron lines of terminal and central nitrogen atoms are revealed and discussed.

  10. Sample-morphology effects on x-ray photoelectron peak intensities. III. Simulated spectra of model core–shell nanoparticles

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    Powell, Cedric J.; Chudzicki, Maksymilian; Werner, Wolfgang S. M.; Smekal, Werner

    2015-09-15

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the simulation of electron spectra for surface analysis has been used to simulate Cu 2p photoelectron spectra for four types of spherical copper–gold nanoparticles (NPs). These simulations were made to extend the work of Tougaard [J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 14, 1415 (1996)] and of Powell et al. [J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31, 021402 (2013)] who performed similar simulations for four types of planar copper–gold films. The Cu 2p spectra for the NPs were compared and contrasted with analogous results for the planar films and the effects of elastic scattering were investigated. The new simulations were made for a monolayer of three types of Cu/Au core–shell NPs on a Si substrate: (1) an Au shell of variable thickness on a Cu core with diameters of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0, and 10.0 nm; (2) a Cu shell of variable thickness on an Au core with diameters of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0, and 10.0 nm; and (3) an Au shell of variable thickness on a 1 nm Cu shell on an Au core with diameters of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0, and 10.0 nm. For these three morphologies, the outer-shell thickness was varied until the Cu 2p{sub 3/2} peak intensity was the same (within 2%) as that found in our previous work with planar Cu/Au morphologies. The authors also performed similar simulations for a monolayer of spherical NPs consisting of a CuAu{sub x} alloy (also on a Si substrate) with diameters of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0, and 10.0 nm. In the latter simulations, the relative Au concentration (x) was varied to give the same Cu 2p{sub 3/2} peak intensity (within 2%) as that found previously. For each morphology, the authors performed simulations with elastic scattering switched on and off. The authors found that elastic-scattering effects were generally strong for the Cu-core/Au-shell and weak for the Au-core/Cu-shell NPs; intermediate elastic-scattering effects were found for the Au-core/Cu-shell/Au-shell NPs. The shell thicknesses required to give

  11. Spectroscopy of the simplest Criegee intermediate CH2OO: simulation of the first bands in its electronic and photoelectron spectra.

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    Lee, Edmond P F; Mok, Daniel K W; Shallcross, Dudley E; Percival, Carl J; Osborn, David L; Taatjes, Craig A; Dyke, John M

    2012-09-24

    CH(2)OO, the simplest Criegee intermediate, and ozone are isoelectronic. They both play very important roles in atmospheric chemistry. Whilst extensive experimental studies have been made on ozone, there were no direct gas-phase studies on CH(2)OO until very recently when its photoionization spectrum was recorded and kinetics studies were made of some reactions of CH(2)OO with a number of molecules of atmospheric importance, using photoionization mass spectrometry to monitor CH(2)OO. In order to encourage more direct studies on CH(2)OO and other Criegee intermediates, the electronic and photoelectron spectra of CH(2)OO have been simulated using high level electronic structure calculations and Franck-Condon factor calculations, and the results are presented here. Adiabatic and vertical excitation energies of CH(2)OO were calculated with TDDFT, EOM-CCSD, and CASSCF methods. Also, DFT, QCISD and CASSCF calculations were performed on neutral and low-lying ionic states, with single energy calculations being carried out at higher levels to obtain more reliable ionization energies. The results show that the most intense band in the electronic spectrum of CH(2) OO corresponds to the B(1)A' ← X(1)A' absorption. It is a broad band in the region 250-450 nm showing extensive structure in vibrational modes involving O-O stretching and C-O-O bending. Evidence is presented to show that the electronic absorption spectrum of CH(2)OO has probably been recorded in earlier work, albeit at low resolution. We suggest that CH(2)OO was prepared in this earlier work from the reaction of CH(2)I with O(2) and that the assignment of the observed spectrum solely to CH(2)IOO is incorrect. The low ionization energy region of the photoelectron spectrum of CH(2)OO consists of two overlapping vibrationally structured bands corresponding to one-electron ionizations from the highest two occupied molecular orbitals of the neutral molecule. In each case, the adiabatic component is the most intense

  12. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies of the sodium chloride surface after laser exposure

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    Savintsev, A. P.; Gavasheli, Yu O.; Kalazhokov, Z. Kh; Kalazhokov, Kh Kh

    2016-11-01

    The surface of NaCl crystals outside and in the crater was examined using an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer. The comparative analysis of the XPS spectra showed that high- intensity laser irradiation has a significant impact on the state and composition of the surface of the ionic crystal.

  13. Interpretation of the photoelectron, ultraviolet, and vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption spectra of bromobenzene by ab initio configuration interaction and DFT computations.

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    Palmer, Michael H; Ridley, Trevor; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Jones, Nykola C; Coreno, Marcello; de Simone, Monica; Grazioli, Cesare; Zhang, Teng; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Baiardi, Alberto; Peterson, Kirk

    2015-10-28

    New photoelectron, ultraviolet (UV), and vacuum UV (VUV) spectra have been obtained for bromobenzene by synchrotron study with higher sensitivity and resolution than previous work. This, together with use of ab initio calculations with both configuration interaction and time dependent density functional theoretical methods, has led to major advances in interpretation. The VUV spectrum has led to identification of a considerable number of Rydberg states for the first time. The Franck-Condon (FC) analyses including both hot and cold bands lead to identification of the vibrational structure of both ionic and electronically excited states including two Rydberg states. The UV onset has been interpreted in some detail, and an interpretation based on the superposition of FC and Herzberg-Teller contributions has been performed. In a similar way, the 6 eV absorption band which is poorly resolved is analysed in terms of the presence of two ππ* states of (1)A1 (higher oscillator strength) and (1)B2 (lower oscillator strength) symmetries, respectively. The detailed analysis of the vibrational structure of the 2(2)B1 ionic state is particularly challenging, and the best interpretation is based on equation-of-motion-coupled cluster with singles and doubles computations. A number of equilibrium structures of the ionic and singlet excited states show that the molecular structure is less subject to variation than corresponding studies for iodobenzene. The equilibrium structures of the 3b13s and 6b23s (valence shell numbering) Rydberg states have been obtained and compared with the corresponding ionic limit structures.

  14. Electronic structure and spectroscopy of nucleic acid bases: Ionization energies, ionization-induced structural changes, and photoelectron spectra

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    Bravaya, Ksenia B.; Kostko, Oleg; Dolgikh, Stanislav; Landau, Arie; Ahmed, Musahid; Krylov, Anna I.

    2010-08-02

    We report high-level ab initio calculations and single-photon ionization mass spectrometry study of ionization of adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). For thymine and adenine, only the lowest-energy tautomers were considered, whereas for cytosine and guanine we characterized five lowest-energy tautomeric forms. The first adiabatic and several vertical ionization energies were computed using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster method for ionization potentials with single and double substitutions. Equilibrium structures of the cationic ground states were characterized by DFT with the {omega}B97X-D functional. The ionization-induced geometry changes of the bases are consistent with the shapes of the corresponding molecular orbitals. For the lowest-energy tautomers, the magnitude of the structural relaxation decreases in the following series G > C > A > T, the respective relaxation energies being 0.41, 0.32, 0.25 and 0.20 eV. The computed adiabatic ionization energies (8.13, 8.89, 8.51-8.67 and 7.75-7.87 eV for A,T,C and G, respectively) agree well with the onsets of the photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves (8.20 {+-} 0.05, 8.95 {+-} 0.05, 8.60 {+-} 0.05 and 7.75 {+-} 0.05 eV). Vibrational progressions for the S{sub 0}-D{sub 0} vibronic bands computed within double-harmonic approximation with Duschinsky rotations are compared with previously reported experimental photoelectron spectra.

  15. Interpretation of the photoelectron, ultraviolet, and vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption spectra of bromobenzene by ab initio configuration interaction and DFT computations

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    Palmer, Michael H. Ridley, Trevor E-mail: vronning@phys.au.dk E-mail: marcello.coreno@elettra.eu E-mail: malgorzata.biczysko@sns.it; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning E-mail: vronning@phys.au.dk E-mail: marcello.coreno@elettra.eu E-mail: malgorzata.biczysko@sns.it Jones, Nykola C. E-mail: vronning@phys.au.dk E-mail: marcello.coreno@elettra.eu E-mail: malgorzata.biczysko@sns.it; Coreno, Marcello E-mail: vronning@phys.au.dk E-mail: marcello.coreno@elettra.eu E-mail: malgorzata.biczysko@sns.it; Grazioli, Cesare; Zhang, Teng; and others

    2015-10-28

    New photoelectron, ultraviolet (UV), and vacuum UV (VUV) spectra have been obtained for bromobenzene by synchrotron study with higher sensitivity and resolution than previous work. This, together with use of ab initio calculations with both configuration interaction and time dependent density functional theoretical methods, has led to major advances in interpretation. The VUV spectrum has led to identification of a considerable number of Rydberg states for the first time. The Franck-Condon (FC) analyses including both hot and cold bands lead to identification of the vibrational structure of both ionic and electronically excited states including two Rydberg states. The UV onset has been interpreted in some detail, and an interpretation based on the superposition of FC and Herzberg-Teller contributions has been performed. In a similar way, the 6 eV absorption band which is poorly resolved is analysed in terms of the presence of two ππ* states of {sup 1}A{sub 1} (higher oscillator strength) and {sup 1}B{sub 2} (lower oscillator strength) symmetries, respectively. The detailed analysis of the vibrational structure of the 2{sup 2}B{sub 1} ionic state is particularly challenging, and the best interpretation is based on equation-of-motion-coupled cluster with singles and doubles computations. A number of equilibrium structures of the ionic and singlet excited states show that the molecular structure is less subject to variation than corresponding studies for iodobenzene. The equilibrium structures of the 3b{sub 1}3s and 6b{sub 2}3s (valence shell numbering) Rydberg states have been obtained and compared with the corresponding ionic limit structures.

  16. XPS Study of Thermally Evaporated Ge-Sb-Te Amorphous Thin Films

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Singh, Digvijay; Thangaraj, R.

    2011-12-12

    Amorphous thin films were prepared from the bulk composition of Ge{sub 22}Sb{sub 22}Te{sub 56}(GST) alloy by thermal evaporation in good vacuum condition. The amorphous nature of as-deposited films was checked with x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to determine the binding energies of the core electrons in amorphous thin GST films. In XPS, we performed the survey scan from the binding energy (BE) range from 0-1100 eV and core level spectra of Ge 3d, Sb 3d and Te 3d.

  17. Correlations Between Variations in Solar EUV and Soft X-Ray Irradiance and Photoelectron Energy Spectra Observed on Mars and Earth

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    Peterson, W. K.; Brain, D. A.; Mitchell, D. L.; Bailey, S. M.; Chamberlin, P. C.

    2013-01-01

    Solar extreme ultraviolet (EUV; 10-120 nm) and soft X-ray (XUV; 0-10 nm) radiation are major heat sources for the Mars thermosphere as well as the primary source of ionization that creates the ionosphere. In investigations of Mars thermospheric chemistry and dynamics, solar irradiance models are used to account for variations in this radiation. Because of limited proxies, irradiance models do a poor job of tracking the significant variations in irradiance intensity in the EUV and XUV ranges over solar rotation time scales when the Mars-Sun-Earth angle is large. Recent results from Earth observations show that variations in photoelectron energy spectra are useful monitors of EUV and XUV irradiance variability. Here we investigate photoelectron energy spectra observed by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Electron Reflectometer (ER) and the FAST satellite during the interval in 2005 when Earth, Mars, and the Sun were aligned. The Earth photoelectron data in selected bands correlate well with calculations based on 1 nm resolution observations above 27 nm supplemented by broadband observations and a solar model in the 0-27 nm range. At Mars, we find that instrumental and orbital limitations to the identifications of photoelectron energy spectra in MGS/ER data preclude their use as a monitor of solar EUV and XUV variability. However, observations with higher temporal and energy resolution obtained at lower altitudes on Mars might allow the separation of the solar wind and ionospheric components of electron energy spectra so that they could be used as reliable monitors of variations in solar EUV and XUV irradiance than the time shifted, Earth-based, F(10.7) index currently used.

  18. Correlations between variations in solar EUV and soft X-ray irradiance and photoelectron energy spectra observed on Mars and Earth

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    Peterson, W. K.; Brain, D. A.; Mitchell, D. L.; Bailey, S. M.; Chamberlin, P. C.

    2013-11-01

    extreme ultraviolet (EUV; 10-120 nm) and soft X-ray (XUV; 0-10 nm) radiation are major heat sources for the Mars thermosphere as well as the primary source of ionization that creates the ionosphere. In investigations of Mars thermospheric chemistry and dynamics, solar irradiance models are used to account for variations in this radiation. Because of limited proxies, irradiance models do a poor job of tracking the significant variations in irradiance intensity in the EUV and XUV ranges over solar rotation time scales when the Mars-Sun-Earth angle is large. Recent results from Earth observations show that variations in photoelectron energy spectra are useful monitors of EUV and XUV irradiance variability. Here we investigate photoelectron energy spectra observed by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Electron Reflectometer (ER) and the FAST satellite during the interval in 2005 when Earth, Mars, and the Sun were aligned. The Earth photoelectron data in selected bands correlate well with calculations based on 1 nm resolution observations above 27 nm supplemented by broadband observations and a solar model in the 0-27 nm range. At Mars, we find that instrumental and orbital limitations to the identifications of photoelectron energy spectra in MGS/ER data preclude their use as a monitor of solar EUV and XUV variability. However, observations with higher temporal and energy resolution obtained at lower altitudes on Mars might allow the separation of the solar wind and ionospheric components of electron energy spectra so that they could be used as reliable monitors of variations in solar EUV and XUV irradiance than the time shifted, Earth-based, F10.7 index currently used.

  19. Correlation and relativistic effects in 2p photoelectron spectra of sodium atoms from the initial state 2{p}^{6}3p

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    Liu, Xiaobin; Shi, Yinglong; Xing, Yongzhong; Lu, Feiping; Chen, Zhanbin

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the 2p photoelectron spectra of sodium atoms with the initial state 2{p}63p at a photon energy of 54 eV. The analysis is performed based on the multi-configuration Dirac–Fock method. Special attention is given to the influences of correlation and relativistic effects on the spectra structures. To explore the nature and importance of such influences, calculations were performed based on detailed analyses of the thresholds, relative intensities and corresponding data calculated in the nonrelativistic limit.

  20. XPS study of protein adsorption onto nanocrystalline aluminosilicate microparticles

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    Vanea, E.; Simon, V.

    2011-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to study the interaction of two different sized proteins, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and fibrinogen, with an aluminosilicate system containing yttrium and iron that is a potential biomaterial. Serum albumin and fibrinogen are two major plasma proteins and the most relevant proteins adsorbed on the surface of biomaterials in blood contact. The aluminosilicate samples were incubated for several exposure times, up to 24 h, in simulated body fluid enriched with BSA, and in buffered fibrinogen solution. Time dependence of proteins adsorption onto surface of the investigated samples is reflected by the evolution of the new N 1s photoelectron peak and by the modification of C 1s core-level spectra recorded from the samples immersed in protein solution.

  1. Monitoring non-adiabatic dynamics in CS2 with time- and energy-resolved photoelectron spectra of wavepackets

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    Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, Vincent; Hockett, Paul; Stolow, Albert; Schuurman, Michael S.

    2017-09-01

    We report results from a novel fully ab initio method for simulating the time-resolved photoelectron angular distributions around conical intersections in CS2. The technique employs wavepacket densities obtained with the multiple spawning method in conjunction with geometry- and energy-dependent photoionization matrix elements. The robust agreement of the calculated molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions with measured values for CS2 demonstrates that this approach can successfully illuminate, and disentangle, the underlying coupled nuclear and electronic dynamics around conical intersections in polyatomic molecules.

  2. XPS and SPR analysis of glycoarray surface density.

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    Dhayal, Marshal; Ratner, Daniel M

    2009-02-17

    Despite the fact that the carbohydrate microarray has seen increasing use within the field of glycobiology, the surface chemistry of the glycoarray remains largely unexplored. Motivated by the need to develop surface analytical techniques to characterize carbohydrate-modified surfaces, we developed a quantitative X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPR imaging) method to study glycan biosensors. We performed a comparative analysis on the relative coverage of mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold, consisting of a thiol-functionalized trimannoside (Manalpha1,2Manalpha1,2Manalpha-OEG-SH) at varying concentrations (0-100%) mixed separately with two thiol-containing polyethylene glycol oligomers. XPS C1s core level analysis was used to identify the O-C-O functionality unique to the carbohydrate acetal moiety and to separate and quantify the relative coverage of sugar in carbohydrate/OEG mixed SAMs. XPS spectra of the mixed SAMs demonstrated a proportional increase in the acetal signature of the glycan with increasing sugar concentration. To relate surface glycan density with biological function, we carried out a kinetic analysis of Concanavalin A (ConA) binding to SAMs of varying densities of carbohydrate using SPR imaging. We observed protein binding that was highly dependent on both glycan density and the nature of the OEG-thiol used in the mixed self-assembly. These results illustrate the utility of surface analytical techniques such as XPS and SPR in carbohydrate biosensor characterization and optimization.

  3. XPS and bioactivity study of the bisphosphonate pamidronate adsorbed onto plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings

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    McLeod, Kate; Kumar, Sunil; Smart, Roger St. C.; Dutta, Naba; Voelcker, Nicolas H.; Anderson, Gail I.; Sekel, Ron

    2006-12-01

    This paper reports the use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to investigate bisphosphonate (BP) adsorption onto plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings commonly used for orthopaedic implants. BPs exhibit high binding affinity for the calcium present in HA and hence can be adsorbed onto HA-coated implants to exploit their beneficial properties for improved bone growth at the implant interface. A rigorous XPS analysis of pamidronate, a commonly used nitrogenous BP, adsorbed onto plasma sprayed HA-coated cobalt-chromium substrates has been carried out, aimed at: (a) confirming the adsorption of this BP onto HA; (b) studying the BP diffusion profile in the HA coating by employing the technique of XPS depth profiling; (c) confirming the bioactivity of the adsorbed BP. XPS spectra of plasma sprayed HA-coated discs exposed to a 10 mM aqueous BP solution (pamidronate) for periods of 1, 2 and 24 h showed nitrogen and phosphorous photoelectron signals corresponding to the BP, confirming its adsorption onto the HA substrate. XPS depth profiling of the 2 h BP-exposed HA discs showed penetration of the BP into the HA matrix to depths of at least 260 nm. The bioactivity of the adsorbed BP was confirmed by the observed inhibition of osteoclast (bone resorbing) cell activity. In comparison to the HA sample, the HA sample with adsorbed BP exhibited a 25-fold decrease in primary osteoclast cells.

  4. Fingerprints of the hydrogen bond in the photoemission spectra of croconic acid condensed phase: An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ab-initio study

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    Bisti, F.; Stroppa, A.; Picozzi, S.; Ottaviano, L.

    2011-05-07

    The electronic structure of Croconic Acid in the condensed phase has been studied by comparing core level and valence band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments and first principles density functional theory calculations using the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof screened hybrid functional and the GW approximation. By exploring the photoemission spectra for different deposition thicknesses, we show how the formation of the hydrogen bond network modifies the O 1s core level lineshape. Moreover, the valence band can be explained only if the intermolecular interactions are taken into account in the theoretical approach.

  5. Electronic structure of AlCrN films investigated using various photoelectron spectroscopies and ab initio calculations

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    Tatemizo, N.; Imada, S.; Miura, Y.; Yamane, H.; Tanaka, K.

    2017-03-01

    The valence band (VB) structures of wurtzite AlCrN (Cr concentration: 0-17.1%), which show optical absorption in the ultraviolet-visible-infrared light region, were investigated via photoelectron yield spectroscopy (PYS), x-ray/ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio density of states (DOS) calculations. An obvious photoelectron emission threshold was observed ~5.3 eV from the vacuum level for AlCrN, whereas no emission was observed for AlN in the PYS spectra. Comparisons of XPS and UPS VB spectra and the calculated DOS imply that Cr 3d states are formed both at the top of the VB and in the AlN gap. These data suggest that Cr doping could be a viable option to produce new materials with relevant energy band structures for solar photoelectric conversion.

  6. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of U Oxide at LLNL

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    Tobin, J G; Yu, S; Chung, B W; Waddill, G D

    2010-03-02

    In our laboratory at LLNL, an effort is underway to investigate the underlying complexity of 5f electronic structure with spin-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy using chiral photonic excitation, i.e. Fano Spectroscopy. Our previous Fano measurements with Ce indicate the efficacy of this approach and theoretical calculations and spectral simulations suggest that Fano Spectroscopy may resolve the controversy concerning Pu electronic structure and electron correlation. To this end, we have constructed and commissioned a new Fano Spectrometer, testing it with the relativistic 5d system Pt. Here, our preliminary photoelectron spectra of the UO{sub 2} system are presented. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to characterize a sample of UO{sub 2} grown on an underlying substrate of Uranium. Both AlK{alpha} (1487 eV) and MgK{alpha} (1254 eV) emission were utilized as the excitation. Using XPS and comparing to reference spectra, it has been shown that our sample is clearly UO{sub 2}.

  7. XPS Study of Plasma- and Argon Ion-Sputtered Polytetrafluoroethylene

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    Golub, Morton A.; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    The similarity of plasma-polymerized tetrafluoroethylene (PPTFE) and the fluoropolymer film deposited by rf (radio frequency) plasma sputtering (SPTFE) of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), noted earlier in the literature, has been reconfirmed. FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared), XPS (X ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) and UV (ultraviolet) spectroscopy has been employed in apparently the first study to involve preparation of PPTFE and SPTFE in the same reactor and under comparable low-power plasma conditions. Most of the work concerned the use of He or Ar as sputtering gas, but some runs were also carried out with the other rare gases Ne, Kr and Xe. The C1s XPS spectra of SPTFE films displayed a relatively higher content of CF2 groups, and yielded higher F/C (fluorine / carbon) ratios, than PPTFE films, while the SPTFE films were somewhat more transparent in the UV than PPTFE. The F/C ratios for SPTFE were essentially independent of the rare gas used for sputtering. Increasing rf power from 10 to 50 W for Xe plasma-sputtering of PTFE resulted in successively lower F/C ratios (1.55 to 1.21), accompanied by sputtering of the glass reactor occurring at 40 W and above. Some limited XPS, FT-IR and UV data are presented on Ar ion-sputtered PTFE.

  8. XPS characterization of naturally aged wood

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    Popescu, Carmen-Mihaela; Tibirna, Carmen-Mihaela; Vasile, Cornelia

    2009-12-01

    Wood deterioration over time (by a simultaneously biological, chemical or physical attack) is an inevitable continuous process in the environment. This process destroys all heritage resulting in a loss of valuable old wooden structures and their properties. What type of deterioration occurs and how these processes impact the wood are important questions that need consideration if old wooden structures are to be studied and properly preserved. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was employed to analyze the undegraded (sound wood of ˜6 years) and degraded lime wood (˜150 years, ˜180 years, ˜250 years) from painting supports, differing in terms of the provenance, conservation status and environmental conditions of storage. Elaborated XPS analysis (comparison of C and O individual spectra, decomposition for each atomic component, calculation of O/C ratio) provided a view of the composition of the sample surfaces analyzed. On the basis of these results, it was confirmed that significant changes occurred in the first period of ageing, the ˜150 years lime wood sample having the highest percent of the carbon atoms and the lowest percentage of oxygen atoms and, respectively O/C ratio. According to our previous studies (X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, analytical pyrolysis combined with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and ESR-spectroscopy results), these features could be attributed to the fact that hemicelluloses and amorphous cellulose are degraded in time, whereas the crystalline fraction of cellulose decreases more slowly than the amorphous one. Consequently, the observation may be made that lignin is not so easily degraded under the environmental conditions where paintings are frequently exposed.

  9. Photoelectron Microscopy

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    King, Paul Lawrence

    1992-01-01

    This thesis describes the theory and first operations of a novel synchrotron-based imaging system allowing photoemission spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) to be performed at lateral resolutions better than 10 microns. Originally developed in David Turner's group at Oxford, the MicroESCA^ {rm TM} relies on the diverging magnetic field from a 7 Tesla superconducting solenoid to project photoemitted electrons from a sample to an imaging detector located 1.5 meters away. The diverging magnetic field converts off-axis momentum to forward momentum and electrons form a magnified image at the detector while moving nearly parallel to one another. Because of this "parallelization", a planar gridded retarding field analyzer achieves excellent energy resolution with only minor impact on image quality. The thesis begins with an overview of the various techniques by which high lateral resolution photoelectron spectroscopy can be achieved. This is followed by a theoretical treatment of magnetic projection leading to predictions of lateral and energy resolution. Chapter 3 documents resolution tests and known deviations from ideality. Image forming capabilities and energy resolution of the retarding field analyzer are demonstrated at near-theoretical limits. Practical limitations of the microscope are recognized in the form of poor signal to noise ratios of core level images which originate from a combination of the narrow dynamic range of the imaging detector and the large backgrounds inherent in retarding field spectroscopy of solids. Chapter 4 describes an interactive image processing and interpretation scheme that relies on scatter plots and principal component analysis to reduce the dimensionality of retarding field image sets and improve image signal to noise. This procedure is generally applicable to all imaging spectroscopies and an example from SEM-based energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) is included. In a final results section, variations in the surface Fermi levels on cleaved

  10. Above-threshold ionization of Mg by linearly and circularly polarized laser fields: Origin of the subpeaks in the photoelectron energy spectra

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    Nakajima, Takashi; Buica, Gabriela

    2006-08-15

    We theoretically investigate above-threshold ionization of Mg by linearly and circularly polarized fs laser pulses. We find that the above-threshold ionization peaks are accompanied by small subpeaks for both linearly and circularly polarized pulses. We interpret the physical origin of the subpeaks as above-threshold ionization from the low-lying bound states which are far off-resonantly excited by the spectral wing of the pulse. This interpretation is confirmed by our comparative numerical studies. Furthermore, we provide a clear explanation of why this kind of subpeak in the photoelectron energy spectra has not been reported for smaller photon energies with Mg and other commonly used atoms such as H and rare gas atoms.

  11. A four-component Fock-space coupled cluster investigation of the XMn(CO)5, (X = Cl, Br and I) photoelectron spectra

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    Nikoobakht, Behnam; Siebert, Max; Pernpointner, Markus

    2017-01-01

    In this work we readdress the theoretical interpretation of the XMn(CO)5, X = Cl, Br, I photoelectron spectra by applying four-component Fock-space coupled cluster methods for their calculation. The final state characterization was based on group theoretical considerations of the contributing metal and ligand orbitals and the applied electronic structure methods extend earlier studies based on less demanding approaches. Energy level diagrams show the effect of spin-orbit (SO) coupling starting from scalar-relativistic results and especially for the heavy representative IMn(CO)5 a sizeable influence of the iodine p spinors on the spectral features and nonadditivity effects of SO and electron correlation contributions could be observed.

  12. Theoretical simulations of structure and X-ray photoelectron spectra of glycine and diglycine adsorbed on Cu(110).

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    Carravetta, Vincenzo; Monti, Susanna; Li, Cui; Ågren, Hans

    2013-08-13

    The study of adsorption of glycine and glycylglycine (or diglycine) on a copper surface is an important step for the comprehension of mechanisms that determine the stability of biological functionalizers on metal substrates. These two molecules can be considered as prototypes and essential models to investigate, theoretically and experimentally, the adaptability of flexible short peptide chains to a definite interface. In this work, we have improved and updated earlier molecular dynamics simulations by including reactivity of the various species and the comparison of ab initio calculated C, N, and O core photoelectron chemical shifts with the ones found in previous studies. New diglycine-copper bonding is predicted, and the results of the chemical shift analysis are, in all cases, fully compatible with structural information obtained through experimental measurements. Moreover, we have found that the process of proton transfer, which is fundamental in the dynamics of amino acids and peptides, occurs mainly by intermolecular interaction between the first and second layer of the adsorbate.

  13. X-ray induced damage in DNA monitored by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Ptasińska, Sylwia; Stypczyńska, Agnieszka; Nixon, Tony; Mason, Nigel J; Klyachko, Dimitri V; Sanche, Léon

    2008-08-14

    In this work, the chemical changes in calf thymus DNA samples were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The DNA samples were irradiated for over 5 h and spectra were taken repeatedly every 30 min. In this approach the X-ray beam both damages and probes the samples. In most cases, XPS spectra have complex shapes due to contributions of C, N, and O atoms bonded at several different sites. We show that from a comparative analysis of the modification in XPS line shapes of the C 1s, O 1s, N 1s, and P 2p peaks, one can gain insight into a number of reaction pathways leading to radiation damage to DNA.

  14. Quantifying the Impact of Nanoparticle Coatings and Non-uniformities on XPS Analysis: Gold/silver Core-shell Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Yung-Chen Andrew; Engelhard, Mark H.; Baer, Donald R.; Castner, David G.

    2016-03-07

    Abstract or short description: Spectral modeling of photoelectrons can serve as a valuable tool when combined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. Herein, a new version of the NIST Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA 2.0) software, capable of directly simulating spherical multilayer NPs, was applied to model citrate stabilized Au/Ag-core/shell nanoparticles (NPs). The NPs were characterized using XPS and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) to determine the composition and morphology of the NPs. The Au/Ag-core/shell NPs were observed to be polydispersed in size, non-circular, and contain off-centered Au-cores. Using the average NP dimensions determined from STEM analysis, SESSA spectral modeling indicated that washed Au/Ag-core shell NPs were stabilized with a 0.8 nm l

  15. Quabantitative interpretation of molecular dynamics simulations for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of aqueous solutions

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    Olivieri, Giorgia; Parry, Krista M.; Powell, Cedric J.; Tobias, Douglas J.; Brown, Matthew A.

    2016-01-01

    Over the past decade, energy-dependent ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) has emerged as a powerful analytical probe of the ion spatial distributions at the vapor (vacuum)-aqueous electrolyte interface. These experiments are often paired with complementary molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in an attempt at to provide a complete description of the liquid interface. There is, however, no systematic protocol that permits a straightforward comparison of the two sets of results. XPS is an integrated technique that averages signals from multiple layers in a solution even at the lowest photoelectron kinetic energies routinely employed, whereas MD simulations provide a microscopic layer-by-layer description of the solution composition near the interface. Here we use the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) to quantitatively interpret atom-density profiles from MD simulations for XPS signal intensities using sodium and potassium iodide solutions as examples. We show that electron inelastic mean free paths calculated from a semi-empirical formula depend strongly on solution composition, varying by up to 30 % between pure water and concentrated NaI. The XPS signal thus arises from different information depths in different solutions for a fixed photoelectron kinetic energy. XPS signal intensities are calculated using SESSA as a function of photoelectron kinetic energy (probe depth) and compared with a widely employed ad hoc method. SESSA simulations illustrate the importance of accounting for elastic scattering events at low photoelectron kinetic energies (< 300 eV) where the ad hoc method systematically underestimates the preferential enhancement of anions over cations. Finally, some technical aspects of applying SESSA to liquid interfaces are discussed. PMID:27389231

  16. Quantitative interpretation of molecular dynamics simulations for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of aqueous solutions

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    Olivieri, Giorgia; Parry, Krista M.; Powell, Cedric J.; Tobias, Douglas J.; Brown, Matthew A.

    2016-04-01

    Over the past decade, energy-dependent ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has emerged as a powerful analytical probe of the ion spatial distributions at the vapor (vacuum)-aqueous electrolyte interface. These experiments are often paired with complementary molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in an attempt to provide a complete description of the liquid interface. There is, however, no systematic protocol that permits a straightforward comparison of the two sets of results. XPS is an integrated technique that averages signals from multiple layers in a solution even at the lowest photoelectron kinetic energies routinely employed, whereas MD simulations provide a microscopic layer-by-layer description of the solution composition near the interface. Here, we use the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) to quantitatively interpret atom-density profiles from MD simulations for XPS signal intensities using sodium and potassium iodide solutions as examples. We show that electron inelastic mean free paths calculated from a semi-empirical formula depend strongly on solution composition, varying by up to 30% between pure water and concentrated NaI. The XPS signal thus arises from different information depths in different solutions for a fixed photoelectron kinetic energy. XPS signal intensities are calculated using SESSA as a function of photoelectron kinetic energy (probe depth) and compared with a widely employed ad hoc method. SESSA simulations illustrate the importance of accounting for elastic-scattering events at low photoelectron kinetic energies (<300 eV) where the ad hoc method systematically underestimates the preferential enhancement of anions over cations. Finally, some technical aspects of applying SESSA to liquid interfaces are discussed.

  17. Generalized molybdenum oxide surface chemical state XPS determination via informed amorphous sample model

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    Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Fernandez, Vincent; Veenstra, Rick; Dukstiene, Nijole; Roberts, Adam; Fairley, Neal

    2015-01-01

    Accurate elemental oxidation state determination for the outer surface of a complex material is of crucial importance in many science and engineering disciplines, including chemistry, fundamental and applied surface science, catalysis, semiconductors and many others. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is the primary tool used for this purpose. The spectral data obtained, however, is often very complex and can be subject to incorrect interpretation. Unlike traditional XPS spectra fitting procedures using purely synthetic spectral components, here we develop and present an XPS data processing method based on vector analysis that allows creating XPS spectral components by incorporating key information, obtained experimentally. XPS spectral data, obtained from series of molybdenum oxide samples with varying oxidation states and degree of crystallinity, were processed using this method and the corresponding oxidation states present, as well as their relative distribution was elucidated. It was shown that monitoring the evolution of the chemistry and crystal structure of a molybdenum oxide sample due to an invasive X-ray probe could be used to infer solutions to complex spectral envelopes.

  18. Total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as a semiconductor lubricant elemental analysis method

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    Alshehabi, Abbas; Sasaki, Nobuharu; Kawai, Jun

    2015-12-01

    Photoelectron spectra from a typical hard disk storage media device (HDD) were measured at total reflection and non-total reflection at unburnished, acetone-cleaned, and argon-sputtered conditions. F, O, N, and C usually making the upper layer of a typical hard disk medium were detected. Enhancement of the photoelectron emission of the fluorocarbon lubricant was observed at total reflection. Pt and Co were only found by non-total X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) because they are constituents of a deeper region than the top and interface regions. Argon-sputtered, ultrasonic acetone-cleaned, and unburnished top layers were compared at total and non-total reflection conditions. Total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TRXPS) is demonstrated to be a powerful tool for storage media lubrication layer chemical state analysis, reliable for industrial quality control application , and reproducible.

  19. XPS and SPR Analysis of Glycoarray Surface Density

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    Dhayal, Marshal; Ratner, Daniel M.

    2009-01-01

    Despite the fact that the carbohydrate microarray has seen increasing use within the field of glycobiology, the surface chemistry of the glycoarray remains largely unexplored. Motivated by the need to develop surface analytical techniques to characterize carbohydrate-modified surfaces, we developed a quantitative X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPR imaging) method to study glycan biosensors. We performed a comparative analysis on the relative coverage of mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold, consisting of a thiol-functionalized trimannoside (Manα1,2Manα1,2Manα-OEG-SH) at varying concentrations (0 to 100%) mixed separately with two thiol-containing polyethylene glycol oligomers. XPS C1s core level analysis was used to identify the O-C-O functionality unique to the carbohydrate acetal moiety and to separate and quantify the relative coverage of sugar in carbohydrate/OEG mixed SAMs. XPS spectra of the mixed SAMs demonstrated a proportional increase in the acetal signature of the glycan with increasing sugar concentration. To relate surface glycan density with biological function, we carried out a kinetic analysis of Concanavalin A (ConA) binding to SAMs of varying densities of carbohydrate using SPR imaging. We observed protein-binding that was highly dependent on both glycan density and the nature of the OEG-thiol used in the mixed self-assembly. These results illustrate the utility of surface analytical techniques such as XPS and SPR in carbohydrate biosensor characterization and optimization. PMID:19199748

  20. Are carboxyl groups the most acidic sites in amino acids? Gas-phase acidities, photoelectron spectra, and computations on tyrosine, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, and their conjugate bases.

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    Tian, Zhixin; Wang, Xue-Bin; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kass, Steven R

    2009-01-28

    Deprotonation of tyrosine in the gas phase was found to occur preferentially at the phenolic site, and the conjugate base consists of a 70:30 mixture of phenoxide and carboxylate anions at equilibrium. This result was established by developing a chemical probe for differentiating these two isomers, and the presence of both ions was confirmed by photoelectron spectroscopy. Equilibrium acidity measurements on tyrosine indicated that deltaG(acid)(o) = 332.5 +/- 1.5 kcal mol(-1) and deltaH(acid)(o) = 340.7 +/- 1.5 kcal mol(-1). Photoelectron spectra yielded adiabatic electron detachment energies of 2.70 +/- 0.05 and 3.55 +/- 0.10 eV for the phenoxide and carboxylate anions, respectively. The H/D exchange behavior of deprotonated tyrosine was examined using three different alcohols (CF3CH2OD, C6H5CH2OD, and CH3CH2OD), and incorporation of up to three deuterium atoms was observed. Two pathways are proposed to account for these results, and all of the experimental findings are supplemented with B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ and G3B3 calculations. In addition, it was found that electrospray ionization of tyrosine from a 3:1 (v/v) CH3OH/H2O solution using a commercial source produces a deprotonated [M-H]- anion with the gas-phase equilibrium composition rather than the structure of the ion that exists in aqueous media. Electrospray ionization from acetonitrile, however, leads largely to the liquid-phase (carboxylate) structure. A control molecule, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, was found to behave in a similar manner. Thus, the electrospray conditions that are employed for the analysis of a compound can alter the isomeric composition of the resulting anion.

  1. From photoelectron detachment spectra of BrHBr-, BrDBr- and IHI-, IDI- to vibrational bonding of BrMuBr and IMuI

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    Manz, Jörn; Sato, Kazuma; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki; Yoshida, Takahiko

    2015-04-01

    Photoelectron detachment XLX-(0000) + hν → XLX(vib) + e- + KER (X = Br or I, L = H or D) at sufficiently low temperatures photoionizes linear dihalogen anions XLX- in the vibrational ground state (v1v2lv3 = 0000) and prepares the neutral radicals XLX(vib) in vibrational states (vib). At the same time, part of the photon energy (hν) is converted into kinetic energy release (KER) of the electron [R. B. Metz, S. E. Bradforth, and D. M. Neumark, Adv. Chem. Phys. 81, 1 (1992)]. The process may be described approximately in terms of a Franck-Condon type transfer of the vibrational wavefunction representing XLX-(0000) from the domain close to the minimum of its potential energy surface (PES) to the domain close to the linear transition state of the PES of the neutral XLX. As a consequence, prominent peaks of the photoelectron detachment spectra (pds) correlate with the vibrational energies EXLX,vib of states XLX(vib) which are centered at linear transition state. The corresponding vibrational quantum numbers may be labeled vib = (v1v2lv3) = (000v3). Accordingly, the related most prominent peaks in the pds are labeled v3. We construct a model PES which mimics the "true" PES in the domain of transition state such that it supports vibrational states with energies EXLX,pds,000v3 close to the peaks of the pds labeled v3 = 0, 2, and 4. Subsequently, the same model PES is also used to calculate approximate values of the energies EXMuX,0000 of the isotopomers XMuX(0000). For the heavy isotopomers XHX and XDX, it turns out that all energies EXLX,000v3 are above the threshold for dissociation, which means that all heavy XLX(000v3) with wavefunctions centered at the transition state are unstable resonances with finite lifetimes. Turning the table, bound states of the heavy XLX are van der Waals (vdW) bonded. In contrast, the energies EXMuX,0000 of the light isotopomers XMuX(0000) are below the threshold for dissociation, with wavefunctions centered at the transition state. This

  2. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Characterization of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Radu, T.; Iacovita, C.; Benea, D.; Turcu, R.

    2017-05-01

    We report X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results on iron oxide magnetic nanoparticle (Fe3O4) synthesized using solvothermal reduction in the presence of polyethylene glycol. The magnetite obtained was employed as precursor for the synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 (by oxygen dissociation) which in turn was transformed into α-Fe2O3. We confirmed the magnetite, maghemite and hematite structure by Fourier Transformed Spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The analysis of the XPS core level and valence band (VB) photoemission spectra for all investigated samples is discussed in terms of the degree of iron oxidation. This is of fundamental importance to better understand the electronic structure of the obtained iron oxide nanoparticles in order to control and improve their quality for specific biomedical applications. Moreover, theoretical band structure calculations are performed for magnetite and the separate contributions of Fe in tetragonal and octahedral environment are shown.

  3. Electronic structure of β-RbNd(MoO4)2 by XPS and XES

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    Atuchin, V. V.; Khyzhun, O. Y.; Chimitova, O. D.; Molokeev, M. S.; Gavrilova, T. A.; Bazarov, B. G.; Bazarova, J. G.

    2015-02-01

    β-RbNd(MoO4)2 microplates have been prepared by the multistage solid state synthesis method. The phase composition and micromorphology of the final product have been evaluated by XRD and SEM methods. The electronic structure of β-RbNd(MoO4)2 molybdate has been studied employing the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). For the molybdate, the XPS core-level and valence-band spectra, as well as XES bands representing energy distribution of the Mo 4d- and O 2p-like states, have been measured. It has been established that the O 2p-like states contribute mainly to the upper portion of the valence band with also significant contributions throughout the whole valence-band region. The Mo 4D-like states contribute mainly to a lower valence band portion.

  4. Theoretical studies on the electronic structures and photoelectron spectra of tri-rhenium oxide clusters: Re3On- and Re3On (n = 1-6)

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    Zhou, Qi; Gong, Wei-Chao; Xie, Lu; Zheng, Cun-Gong; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2014-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to study the structural and electronic properties of tri-rhenium oxide clusters Re3On-/0 (n = 1-6). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level are carried out to search for the global minima for both the anions and the neutrals. For the anions, the first two O atoms prefer the same corner position of a Re3 triangle. Whereas, Re3O3- possesses a C2v symmetry with one bridging and two terminal O atoms. The next three O atoms (n = 4-6) are adding sequentially on the basis of Re3O3- motif, i.e., adding one terminal O atom for Re3O4-, one terminal and one bridging O atoms for Re3O5-, and one terminal and two bridging O atoms for Re3O6-, respectively. Their corresponding neutral species are similar to the anions in geometry except Re3O4 and Re3O5. Molecular orbital analyses are employed to investigate the chemical bonding and structural evolution in these tri-rhenium oxide clusters.

  5. Theoretical characterization of four distinct isomer types in hydrated-electron clusters, and proposed assignments for photoelectron spectra of water cluster anions.

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    Jacobson, Leif D; Herbert, John M

    2011-12-14

    Water cluster anions, (H(2)O)(N)(-), are examined using mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics based on a one-electron pseudopotential model that incorporates many-body polarization and predicts vertical electron detachment energies (VDEs) with an accuracy of ~0.1 eV. By varying the initial conditions under which the clusters are formed, we are able to identify four distinct isomer types that exhibit different size-dependent VDEs. On the basis of a strong correlation between the electron's radius of gyration and its optical absorption maximum, and extrapolating to the bulk limit (N → ∞), our analysis supports the assignment of the "isomer Ib" data series, observed in photoelectron spectra of very cold clusters, as arising from cavity-bound (H(2)O)(N)(-) cluster isomers. The "isomer I" data reported in warmer experiments are assigned to surface-bound isomers in smaller clusters, transitioning to partially embedded isomers in larger clusters. The partially embedded isomers are characterized by a partially formed solvent cavity at the cluster surface, and they are spectroscopically quite similar to internalized cavity isomers. These assignments are consistent with various experimental data, and our theoretical characterization of these isomers sheds new light on a long-standing assignment problem. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  6. Computational study on the molecular structures and photoelectron spectra of bimetallic oxide clusters MWO9-/0 (M = V, Nb, Ta)

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Fu; Zhang, Xian-Hui; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2013-05-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) and coupled cluster theory (CCSD(T)) calculations are carried out to investigate the electronic and structural properties of a series of bimetallic oxide clusters MWO9-/0 (M = V, Nb, Ta). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level yield singlet and doublet ground states for the bimetallic anionic and neutral clusters, respectively. All the clusters present the six-membered ring structures with different symmetries, except that the TaWO9- cluster shows a chained style with a penta-coordinated tantalum atom. Spin density analyses reveal oxygen radical species in all neutral clusters, consistent with their structural characteristics. Moreover, additional calculations are performed to study the oxidation reaction of CO molecule with the WO9+ cation and the isoelectronic VW2O9 cluster, and results indicate that the introduction of vanadium at tungsten site can efficiently improve the oxidation reactivity.

  7. Computational study on the molecular structures and photoelectron spectra of bimetallic oxide clusters MW2O9(-/0) (M=V, Nb, Ta).

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Fu; Zhang, Xian-Hui; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2013-05-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) and coupled cluster theory (CCSD(T)) calculations are carried out to investigate the electronic and structural properties of a series of bimetallic oxide clusters MW2O9(-/0) (M=V, Nb, Ta). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level yield singlet and doublet ground states for the bimetallic anionic and neutral clusters, respectively. All the clusters present the six-membered ring structures with different symmetries, except that the TaW2O9(-) cluster shows a chained style with a penta-coordinated tantalum atom. Spin density analyses reveal oxygen radical species in all neutral clusters, consistent with their structural characteristics. Moreover, additional calculations are performed to study the oxidation reaction of CO molecule with the W3O9(+) cation and the isoelectronic VW2O9 cluster, and results indicate that the introduction of vanadium at tungsten site can efficiently improve the oxidation reactivity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Rotationally resolved vibrational spectra of AsH3 (+)X̃(2)A2 (″): Tunneling splittings studied by zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Sun, Wei; Dai, Zuyang; Wang, Jia; Mo, Yuxiang

    2016-06-21

    The rotationally resolved vibrational spectra of AsH3 (+)X̃(2)A2 (″) have been measured for the first time with vibrational energies up to 6000 cm(-1) above the ground state using the zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron method. The symmetric inversion vibrational energy levels (v2 (+)) and the corresponding rotational constants for v2 (+)=0-15 have been determined. The tunneling splittings of the inversion vibration energy levels have been observed and are 0.8 and 37.7 (±0.5) cm(-1) for the ground and the first excited vibrational states, respectively. The first adiabatic ionization energy for AsH3 was determined as 79 243.3 ± 1 cm(-1). The geometric parameters of AsH3 (+)X̃(2)A2 (″) as a function of inversion vibrational numbers have been determined, indicating that the geometric structure of the cation changes from near-planar to pyramidal with increasing inversion vibrational excitation. In addition to the experimental measurements, a two-dimensional theoretical calculation considering the two symmetric vibrational modes was performed to determine the energy levels of the symmetric inversion, which are in good agreement with the experimental results. The inversion vibrational energy levels of SbH3 (+)X̃(2)A2 (″) have also been calculated and are found to have much smaller energy splittings than those of AsH3 (+)X̃(2)A2 (″).

  9. Energy Thresholds of DNA Damage Induced by UV Radiation: An XPS Study.

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    Gomes, P J; Ferraria, A M; Botelho do Rego, A M; Hoffmann, S V; Ribeiro, P A; Raposo, M

    2015-04-30

    This work stresses on damage at the molecular level caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) in the range from 3.5 to 8 eV, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) films observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed quantitative XPS analysis, in which all the amounts are relative to sodium-assumed not to be released from the samples, of the carbon, oxygen, and particularly, nitrogen components, reveals that irradiation leads to sugar degradation with CO-based compounds release for energies above 6.9 eV and decrease of nitrogen groups which are not involved in hydrogen bonding at energies above 4.2 eV. Also the phosphate groups are seen to decrease to energies above 4.2 eV. Analysis of XPS spectra allowed to conclude that the damage on bases peripheral nitrogen atoms are following the damage on phosphates. It suggests that very low kinetic energy photoelectrons are ejected from the DNA bases, as a result of UV light induced breaking of the phosphate ester groups which forms a transient anion with resonance formation and whereby most of the nitrogen DNA peripheral groups are removed. The degree of ionization of DNA was observed to increase with radiation energy, indicating that the ionized phosphate groups are kept unchanged. This result was interpreted by the shielding of phosphate groups caused by water molecules hydration near sodium atoms.

  10. Oxidation and surface segregation of chromium in Fe-Cr alloys studied by Mössbauer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Idczak, R.; Idczak, K.; Konieczny, R.

    2014-09-01

    The room temperature 57Fe Mössbauer and XPS spectra were measured for polycrystalline iron-based Fe-Cr alloys. The spectra were collected using three techniques: the transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy (TMS), the conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The combination of these experimental techniques allows to determine changes in Cr concentration and the presence of oxygen in bulk, in the 300 nm pre-surface layer and on the surface of the studied alloys.

  11. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Database (Version 4.1)

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    SRD 20 X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Database (Version 4.1) (Web, free access)   The NIST XPS Database gives access to energies of many photoelectron and Auger-electron spectral lines. The database contains over 22,000 line positions, chemical shifts, doublet splittings, and energy separations of photoelectron and Auger-electron lines.

  12. Relating the 4s{sigma}{sup -1} inner-valence photoelectron spectrum of HBr with the Br 3d{sup -1}5l{lambda} resonant Auger spectra: An approach to the assignments

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    Puettner, R.; Hu, Y. F.; Bancroft, G. M.; Kivimaeki, A.; Jurvansuu, M.; Aksela, H.; Aksela, S.

    2003-09-01

    The high resolution Br 4s{sigma}{sup -1} photoelectron spectrum of HBr is presented together with the resonant Auger spectra resulting from excitations from the 3d core levels to the low-n Rydberg orbitals 5s{sigma}, 5p{sigma}, and 5p{pi}. The very complex spectra can be broadly assigned using two observations. First, the energy splittings of the 4p{pi}{sup -2}5s and 4p{pi}{sup -2}5p states are very similar to the splittings of the 4p{pi}{sup -2}({sup 1}{sigma}{sup +},{sup 1}{delta}, and {sup 3}{sigma}{sup -}) final states seen previously in the normal Auger spectra. Second, the {sup 2}{sigma}{sup +} states, which are the dominant correlation satellites in the complex 4s{sigma}{sup -1} photoelectron spectrum, are often enhanced in the 5s{sigma} resonance Auger spectra. Electron correlation and spin-orbit interaction in the final states are important to understand all of these spectra. Unlike the normal Auger spectra, vibrational excitations play only a minor role in these spectra, showing that the 5s and 5p Rydberg orbitals have some bonding character.

  13. Quantifying the Impact of Nanoparticle Coatings and Nonuniformities on XPS Analysis: Gold/Silver Core-Shell Nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Yung-Chen; Engelhard, Mark H; Baer, Donald R; Castner, David G

    2016-04-05

    Spectral modeling of photoelectrons can serve as a valuable tool when combined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. Herein, a new version of the NIST Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA 2.0) software, capable of directly simulating spherical multilayer NPs, was applied to model citrate stabilized Au/Ag-core/shell nanoparticles (NPs). The NPs were characterized using XPS and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) to determine the composition and morphology of the NPs. The Au/Ag-core/shell NPs were observed to be polydispersed in size, nonspherical, and contain off-centered Au-cores. Using the average NP dimensions determined from STEM analysis, SESSA spectral modeling indicated that washed Au/Ag-core-shell NPs were stabilized with a 0.8 nm layer of sodium citrate and a 0.05 nm (one wash) or 0.025 nm (two wash) layer of adventitious hydrocarbon, but did not fully account for the observed XPS signal from the Au-core. This was addressed by a series of simulations and normalizations to account for contributions of NP nonsphericity and off-centered Au-cores. Both of these nonuniformities reduce the effective Ag-shell thickness, which effect the Au-core photoelectron intensity. The off-centered cores had the greatest impact for the particles in this study. When the contributions from the geometrical nonuniformities are included in the simulations, the SESSA generated elemental compositions that matched the XPS elemental compositions. This work demonstrates how spectral modeling software such as SESSA, when combined with experimental XPS and STEM measurements, advances the ability to quantitatively assess overlayer thicknesses for multilayer core-shell NPs and deal with complex, nonideal geometrical properties.

  14. XPS study on silica bismuthate glasses and glass ceramics

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    Simon, V.; Todea, M.; Takács, A. F.; Neumann, M.; Simon, S.

    2007-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to evidence the effect of the Bi 2O 3 to SiO 2 ratio and of partial crystallisation on the electronic charge density around the atoms entering silica-bismuthate glasses of nominal composition 0.01Fe 2O 3ṡ0.99[ xSiO 2ṡ(100- x)Bi 2O 3] with 10≤x≤60 mol%. The core level spectra show significant composition dependent changes in binding energy, and the full width at half maximum of photoelectron peaks both of cations and of oxygen atoms. The analysis reveals changes in electron density correlated with the ionic and covalent character of the samples. The shift in binding energy suggests charge transfer from silicon and oxygen atoms to bismuth atoms. Contrary to the expected behaviour in conventional silicate oxide systems, the results indicate an increase of ionicity for silicon and of covalency for bismuth atoms. The same evolution of ionicity/covalency is observed after partial crystallisation.

  15. XPS valence characterization of lithium salts as a tool to study electrode/electrolyte interfaces of Li-ion batteries.

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    Dedryvère, R; Leroy, S; Martinez, H; Blanchard, F; Lemordant, D; Gonbeau, D

    2006-07-06

    X-ray photoelectron valence spectra of lithium salts LiBF4, LiPF6, LiTFSI, and LiBETI have been recorded and analyzed by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, with good agreement between experimental and calculated spectra. The results of this study are used to characterize electrode/electrolyte interfaces of graphite negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries using organic carbonate electrolytes containing LiTFSI or LiBETI salts. By a combined X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core peaks/valence analysis, we identify the main constituents of the interface. Differences in the surface layers' composition can be evidenced, depending on whether LiTFSI or LiBETI is used as the lithium salt.

  16. XPS characterization of polymer–monocalcium aluminate interface

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    Kalina, Lukáš Másilko, Jiří; Koplík, Jan; Šoukal, František

    2014-12-15

    The aim of this paper is the introduction of a sophisticated testing method, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), used to study the interface between the hydrated cement phase and polymer after mechanochemical activation, which is fundamental for the creation of macro-defect-free (MDF) composites. The XPS results clearly explain the hypothesis of a chemical reaction mechanism in the interphase regions affecting the final properties of the MDF materials.

  17. Combined DFT and XPS investigation of iodine anions adsorption on the sulfur terminated (001) chalcopyrite surface

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    Li, Kui; Zhao, Yaolin; Zhang, Peng; He, Chaohui; Deng, Jia; Ding, Shujiang; Shi, Weiqun

    2016-12-01

    The adsorption of iodine anions (iodide and iodate) on the sulfur terminated (001) chalcopyrite surface has been systematically investigated combining first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. Based on the total energy calculations and geometric optimization, the thermodynamically preferred site was copper atom for iodide adsorption and iron atom for iodate adsorption, respectively. In the case of Cu site mode, the iodate underwent a dissociative adsorption, where one Isbnd O bond of iodate ion was broken and the dissociative oxygen atom adsorbed on the adjacent sulphur site. Projected density of states (PDOS) analysis further clarified the interaction mechanism between active sites of chalcopyrite surface and adsorbates. In addition, full-range XPS spectra qualitatively revealed the presence of iodine on chalcopyrite surface. High resolution XPS spectra of the I 3d peaks after adsorption verified the chemical environment of iodine. The binding energies of 618.8 eV and 623.5 eV for I 3d5/2 peaks unveiled that the adsorption of iodide and iodate ions on copper-iron sulfide minerals was the result of formation of low solubility metal iodides precipitate. Also two I 3d peaks with low intensity around 618 eV and 630 eV might be related to the inorganic reduction of iodate to iodide by reducing S2- ion of chalcopyrite.

  18. Gold/silver core-shell 20 nm nanoparticles extracted from citrate solution examined by XPS

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    Engelhard, Mark H.; Smith, Jordan N.; Baer, Donald R.

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles of many types are widely used in consumer and medical products. The surface chemistry of particles and the coatings that form during synthesis or use in many types of media can significantly impact the behaviors of particles including dissolution, transformation and biological or environmental impact. Consequently it is useful to be able to extract information about the thickness of surface coatings and other attributes of nanoparticles produced in a variety of ways. It has been demonstrated that X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) can be reliably used to determine the thickness of organic and other nanoparticles coatings and shells. However, care is required to produce reliable and consistent information. Here we report the XPS spectra from gold/silver core-shell nanoparticles of nominal size 20 nm removed from a citrate saturated solution after one and two washing cycles. The Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) program had been used to model peak amplitudes to obtain information on citrate coatings that remain after washing and demonstrate the presence of the gold core. This data is provided so that others can compare use of SESSA or other modeling approaches to quantify the nature of coatings to those already published and to explore the impacts particle non-uniformities on XPS signals from core-shell nanoparticles.

  19. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of chemically-etched Nd-Ce-Cu-O surfaces

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Gupta, A.; Kussmaul, A.

    1991-01-01

    Acetic acid, Br2, and HCl solutions are investigated for removing insulating species from Nd(1.85)Ce(0.15)CuO(4-delta) (NCCO) thin film surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shows that the HCl etch is most effective, yielding O 1s spectra comparable to those obtained from samples cleaned in vacuum and a clear Fermi edge in the valence band region. Reduction and oxidation reversibly induces and eliminates, respectively, Fermi level states for undoped samples, but has no clearly observable effect on the XPS spectra for doped samples. Reactivity to air is much less for NCCO compared to hole superconductors, which is attributed to the lack of reactive alkaline earth elements in NCCO.

  20. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Doped Helium Nanodroplets

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    Loginov, Evgeniy; Rossi, Dominic; Drabbels, Marcel

    2005-10-14

    The photoionization dynamics of aniline doped helium droplets has been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy. The photoelectron spectra resemble closely that of gas phase aniline, except for a droplet-size-dependent shift. This shift is caused by lowering of the ionization threshold upon solvation and can be readily estimated. The individual peaks in the photoelectron spectrum are broadened towards lower kinetic energy which is attributed to the relaxation of the photoelectrons as they pass through the helium droplet.

  1. Theoretical modeling of the uranium 4f XPS for U(VI) and U(IV) oxides

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    Bagus, Paul S.; Nelin, Connie J.; Ilton, Eugene S.

    2013-12-28

    A rigorous study is presented of the physical processes related to X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, in the 4f level of U oxides, which, as well as being of physical interest in themselves, are representative of XPS in heavy metal oxides. In particular, we present compelling evidence for a new view of the screening of core-holes that extends prior understandings. Our analysis of the screening focuses on the covalent mixing of high lying U and O orbitals as opposed to the, more common, use of orbitals that are nominally pure U or pure O. It is shown that this covalent mixing is quite different for the initial and final, core-hole, configurations and that this difference is directly related to the XPS satellite intensity. Furthermore, we show that the high-lying U d orbitals as well as the U(5f) orbital may both contribute to the core-hole screening, in contrast with previous work that has only considered screening through the U(5f) shell. The role of modifying the U-O interaction by changing the U-O distance has been investigated and an unexpected correlation between U-O distance and XPS satellite intensity has been discovered. The role of flourite and octahedral crystal structures for U(IV) oxides has been examined and relationships established between XPS features and the covalent interactions in the different structures. The physical views of XPS satellites as arising from shake processes or as arising from ligand to metal charge transfers are contrasted; our analysis provides strong support that shake processes give a more fundamental physical understanding than charge transfer. Our theoretical studies are based on rigorous, strictly ab initio determinations of the electronic structure of embedded cluster models of U oxides with formal U(VI) and U(IV) oxidation states. Our results provide a foundation that makes it possible to establish quantitative relationships between features of the XPS spectra and materials properties.

  2. Theoretical modeling of the uranium 4f XPS for U(VI) and U(IV) oxides.

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    Bagus, Paul S; Nelin, Connie J; Ilton, Eugene S

    2013-12-28

    A rigorous study is presented of the physical processes related to X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, in the 4f level of U oxides, which, as well as being of physical interest in themselves, are representative of XPS in heavy metal oxides. In particular, we present compelling evidence for a new view of the screening of core-holes that extends prior understandings. Our analysis of the screening focuses on the covalent mixing of high lying U and O orbitals as opposed to the, more common, use of orbitals that are nominally pure U or pure O. It is shown that this covalent mixing is quite different for the initial and final, core-hole, configurations and that this difference is directly related to the XPS satellite intensity. Furthermore, we show that the high-lying U d orbitals as well as the U(5f) orbital may both contribute to the core-hole screening, in contrast with previous work that has only considered screening through the U(5f) shell. The role of modifying the U-O interaction by changing the U-O distance has been investigated and an unexpected correlation between U-O distance and XPS satellite intensity has been discovered. The role of flourite and octahedral crystal structures for U(IV) oxides has been examined and relationships established between XPS features and the covalent interactions in the different structures. The physical views of XPS satellites as arising from shake processes or as arising from ligand to metal charge transfers are contrasted; our analysis provides strong support that shake processes give a more fundamental physical understanding than charge transfer. Our theoretical studies are based on rigorous, strictly ab initio determinations of the electronic structure of embedded cluster models of U oxides with formal U(VI) and U(IV) oxidation states. Our results provide a foundation that makes it possible to establish quantitative relationships between features of the XPS spectra and materials properties.

  3. XPS Study of Some Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors

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    Singhal, R. K.; Sharma, S. C.; Jakhar, N.

    2011-10-01

    In search for room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in nominally doped oxides like ZnO, CeO2, TiO2 etc., several research attempts have been made in recent years. Unfortunately, these could not reach definite conclusions owing to controversial reports and the mechanism of FM ordering continues to remain illusive. We have synthesized Cr and Ni doped (5% each) ZnO bulk samples and studied their structural, electronic and magnetic properties. The magnetization and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies on these samples are presented and the electronic structure findings are correlated with magnetic properties.

  4. XPS and NEXAFS studies of VUV/O₃-treated aromatic polyurea and its application to microchip electrophoresis.

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    Shinohara, H; Nakahara, A; Kitagawa, F; Takahashi, Y; Otsuka, K; Shoji, S; Ohara, O; Mizuno, J

    2011-12-01

    In this study, the authors performed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) studies of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)/O₃-treated aromatic polyurea films to investigate their treatment effects. XPS and NEXAFS spectra indicate that the benzene ring was cleaved after treatment and that carboxyl, hydroxyl, ketone and aldehyde groups were formed at the cleaved sites. The VUV/O₃-treated polyurea film was applied to a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microchip for microchip electrophoresis (MCE) of bovine serum albumin (BSA). Fast electro-osmotic mobility of 4.6×10(-4) cm²/V/s as well as reduction of the BSA adhesion was achieved. This functional surface is useful for high-speed MCE analysis.

  5. ELS and XPS study of Pd/PdO methane oxidation catalysts

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    Hoflund, Gar B.; Hagelin, Helena A. E.; Weaver, Jason F.; Salaita, Ghaleb N.

    2003-01-01

    Electron energy loss spectra (ELS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data obtained from palladium powder catalysts used for complete methane oxidation have been obtained in this study in order to gain information about the Pd chemical state. Metallic Pd and PdO yield significantly different ELS spectra making ELS useful for chemical-state determination. Palladium(II) oxide is readily detected by the presence of an energy loss feature at 3.7 eV. Species distribution in the direction normal to the surface can be determined using ELS by varying the primary beam energy. Both XPS and ELS data indicate that PdO forms during reaction, and the ELS data demonstrate that PdO forms as a film over the Pd metal. If any Pd metal is present in the PdO film, it is there at levels below the detection limit of ELS. These observations have important consequences with regard to the mechanism of methane oxidation over Pd-containing catalysts. Hydrous and anhydrous palladium(II) oxides have significantly different energy loss features in the low loss-energy region of the ELS spectra. ELS features attributed to water are observed at 5.5-6.5 and 8 eV for hydrous palladium(II) oxide.

  6. Optical and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Prakash, Ram E-mail: ramprakash@smvdu.ac.in; Kumar, Sandeep; Kumar, Vinay; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-05-23

    α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder sample was synthesized at 550 °C via solution combustion synthesis (SCS) method using urea as an organic fuel. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Optical spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) without any further thermal treatment. XRD study reveals that the powder crystallized directly in the hexagons α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase. A band gap of 5.7 eV was estimated using diffuse reflectance spectra. For surface investigation X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out. The XPS survey scan study of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder reveals that the sample is free from impurity. The core levels of Al-2s and O-1s are also reported.

  7. The Effect of Thermal and Mechanical Treatments on Kaolinite: Characterization by XPS and IEP Measurements.

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    Torres Sánchez RM; Basaldella; Marco

    1999-07-15

    The surface transformations induced on kaolinite by different thermal and mechanical treatments have been investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Bremsstrahlung induced Auger spectroscopy, and isoelectric point (IEP) measurements. Heating the kaolinite at temperatures between 500 and 750 degrees C results in the change of a substantial fraction of surface Al from octahedral to tetrahedral coordination, which we associate with the dehydroxylation of kaolinite. Heating at 900 and 980 degrees C brings about the development of an octahedral Al fraction which is associated with the formation of gamma-Al(2)O(3). The development of an Al tetrahedral component in the Al KLL spectra of the mechanically treated (ground) samples has been also observed. The Si/Al atomic ratio obtained by XPS in the thermally treated samples is the same as that shown by the original kaolinite. However, the XPS data show a clear reduction of the Si/Al atomic ratio in the mechanically treated samples, which suggests that the mechanical treatment has induced an Al enrichment of the kaolinite surface. The IEP values indicated a thermal transformation to metakaolinite and mullite with the increase of temperature (750 to 980 degrees C). The IEP change for the milled samples can be only explained by assuming a 30% kaolinite coating by the Al oxide neoformed by grinding. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  8. XPS and optical studies of Xe +-implanted and annealed YSZ single crystals

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    Xiang, X.; Zu, X. T.; Zhu, S.; Zhang, C. F.; Wang, Z. G.; Wang, L. M.; Ewing, R. C.

    2006-09-01

    Xe + ion implantation with 200 keV was completed at room temperature up to a fluence of 1 × 10 17 ion/cm 2 in yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals. Optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the changes of optical properties and charge state in the as-implanted and annealed crystals. A broad absorption band centered at 522 or 497 nm was observed in the optical absorption spectra of samples implanted with fluences of 1 × 10 16 ion/cm 2 and 1 × 10 17 ion/cm 2, respectively. These two absorption bands both disappeared due to recombination of color centers after annealing at 250 °C. XPS measurements showed two Gaussian components of O 1s spectrum assigned to and , respectively, in YSZ single crystals. After ion implantation, these two peaks merged into a single peak with the increasing etching depth. However, this single peak split into two Gaussian components again after annealing at 250 °C. The concentration of Xe decreased drastically after annealing at 900 °C. And the XPS measurement barely detected the Xe. There was no change in the photoluminescence of YSZ single crystals with a fluence of 1 × 10 17 ion/cm 2 after annealing up to 900 °C.

  9. Size-induced changes in optical and X-ray photoelectron spectra of GaN nanoparticles deposited at lower substrate temperature.

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    Mann, A K; Varandani, D; Mehta, B R; Malhotra, L K; Shivaprasad, S M

    2005-11-01

    This study reports the synthesis of GaN nanoparticles having hexagonal structure by a simple technique of activated reactive evaporation with substrates kept at comparatively lower temperatures than usually reported. By varying the substrate temperature from 30 degrees C to 350 degrees C, it is possible to vary nanoparticle sizes from 5-30 nm. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirm the formation of GaN on quartz and silicon substrates at room temperature. The observed size dependent shift in energy position, large increase in full width at half maximum value of Ga 3d and N 1s X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy peaks and blue shift in the optical absorption edge are related to nanoparticle character.

  10. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of organic materials irradiated with gas cluster ion beam

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    Nakagiri, Motohiro; Toyoda, Noriaki; Yamada, Isao

    2011-01-07

    Irradiation effect of gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) on organic materials were studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy by comparison to that with Ar-monomer ions. In the case of polyimide, the intensity of both N-C = O and -C-O- bond decreased with 500 eV Ar monomer ion irradiation. On the other hand, there was no significant change in the XPS spectra after Ar-GCIB irradiation. From the size-selected GCIB irradiation study, the damages in polyimide decreased with increasing the cluster size owing to the reduction of energy per atoms.

  11. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of boron defects in silicon crystal: A first-principles study

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2016-05-01

    We carried out a comprehensive study on the B 1s core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) binding energies and formation energies for boron defects in crystalline silicon by first-principles calculation with careful evaluation of the local potential boundary condition for the model system using the supercell corresponding to 1000 Si atoms. It is reconfirmed that the cubo-octahedral B12 cluster in silicon crystal is unstable and exists at the saddle point decaying to the icosahedral and S4 B12 clusters. The electrically active clusters without any postannealing of ion-implanted Si are identified as icosahedral B12 clusters. The experimentally proposed threefold coordinated B is also identified as a ⟨ 001 ⟩ B - Si defect. For an as-doped sample prepared by plasma doping, the calculated XPS spectra for complexes consisting of vacancies and substitutional B atoms are consistent with the experimental spectra. It is proposed that, assuming that the XPS peak at 187.1 eV is due to substitutional B (Bs), the experimental XPS peaks at 187.9 and 186.7 eV correspond to interstitial B at the H-site and ⟨ 001 ⟩ B - Si defects, respectively. In the annealed samples, the complex of Bs and interstitial Si near the T-site is proposed as a candidate for the experimental XPS peak at 188.3 eV.

  12. Three-dimensional X-ray photoelectron tomography on the nanoscale: limits of data processing by principal component analysis.

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    Hajati, Shaaker; Walton, John; Tougaard, Sven

    2013-06-01

    In a previous article, we studied the influence of spectral noise on a new method for three-dimensional X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (3D XPS) imaging, which is based on analysis of the XPS peak shape [Hajati, S., Tougaard, S., Walton, J. & Fairley, N. (2008). Surf Sci 602, 3064-3070]. Here, we study in more detail the influence of noise reduction by principal component analysis (PCA) on 3D XPS images of carbon contamination of a patterned oxidized silicon sample and on 3D XPS images of Ag covered by a nanoscale patterned octadiene layer. PCA is very efficient for noise reduction, and using only the three most significant PCA factors to reconstruct the spectra restores essentially all physical information in both the intensity and shape of the XPS spectra. The corresponding signal-to-noise improvement was estimated to be equivalent to a reduction by a factor of 200 in the required data acquisition time. A small additional amount of information is obtained by using up to five PCA factors, but due to the increased noise level, this information can only be extracted if the intensity of the start and end points for each spectrum are obtained as averages over several energy points.

  13. Structural and XPS studies of PSi/TiO2 nanocomposites prepared by ALD and Ag-assisted chemical etching

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    Iatsunskyi, Igor; Kempiński, Mateusz; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Jancelewicz, Mariusz; Pavlenko, Mykola; Załęski, Karol; Jurga, Stefan

    2015-08-01

    PSi/TiO2 nanocomposites fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) were investigated. The morphology and phase structure of PSi/TiO2 nanocomposites were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Raman spectroscopy. The mean size of TiO2 nanocrystals was determined by TEM and Raman spectroscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to analyze the chemical elemental composition by observing the behavior of the Ti 2p, O 1s and Si 2p lines. TEM, Raman spectroscopy and XPS binding energy analysis confirmed the formation of TiO2 anatase phase inside the PSi matrix. The XPS valence band analysis was performed in order to investigate the modification of PSi/TiO2 nanocomposites electronic structure. Surface defects states of Ti3+ at PSi/TiO2 nanocomposites were identified by analyzing of XPS valence band spectra.

  14. Photoelectron diffraction

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    Fadley, Charles S.

    1987-01-01

    The use of core-level photoelectron diffraction for structural studies of surfaces and epitaxial overlayers is discussed. Photoelectron diffraction is found to provide several direct and rather unique types of structural information, including the sites and positions of adsorbed atoms; the orientations of small molecules or fragments bound to surfaces; the orientations, layer thicknesses, vertical lattice constants, and degrees of short-range order of epitaxial or partially-epitaxial overlayers; and the presence of short-range spin order in magnetic materials. Specific systems considered are the reaction of oxygen with Ni(001), the growth of epitaxial Cu on Ni(001), the well-defined test case S on Ni(001), and short-range spin order in the antiferromagnet KMnF3. A rather straightforward single scattering cluster (SSC) model also proves capable of quantitatively describing such data, particularly for near-surface species and with corrections for spherical-wave scattering effects and correlated vibrational motion. Promising new directions in such studies also include measurements with high angular resolution and the expanded use of synchrotron radiation.

  15. Characterisation of crystalline C-S-H phases by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Black, Leon; Garbev, Krassimir; Stemmermann, Peter; Hallam, Keith R.; Allen, Geoffrey C

    2003-06-01

    We have prepared a number of crystalline calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H) phases hydrothermally, with calcium-silicon ratios varying from approximately 0.5 (K-phase) to 2.0 (hillebrandite and {alpha}-dicalcium silicate hydrate). The phases were then analysed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Increasing calcium-silicon ratios resulted in decreased silicon binding energies. Additionally, changes in the O 1s spectra could be explained in terms of bridging (BO) and nonbridging oxygen (NBO) moieties. Finally, the modified Auger parameter has proved particularly useful in determining the extent of silicate anion polymerisation. Of note also are the apparently unusual spectra for 11 A tobermorite. The silicon and oxygen photoelectron spectra indicate a phase with a lower degree of silicate polymerisation than predicted from its composition. The main contributing factor is the intrinsic disorder within the tobermorite structure. This study has shown how XPS may be used to obtain valuable structural information from C-S-H phases, and our analysis of the crystalline phases is the first step towards the analysis of real C-S-H-based cement systems.

  16. Interpretation of nanoparticle X-ray photoelectron intensities

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    Werner, Wolfgang S. M. Chudzicki, Maksymillian; Smekal, Werner; Powell, Cedric J.

    2014-06-16

    X-ray photoelectron (XPS) intensities have been simulated for spherical core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) in different geometrical arrangements in order to investigate the validity of commonly made assumptions for the interpretation of XPS NP intensities. The single-sphere approximation is valid for a powder sample when all spatial coordinates of the NP positions are uncorrelated. Correlations along either the depth coordinate or the lateral coordinates lead to features in the angular distribution that provide information on these correlations. The XPS intensity is proportional to the surface-to-volume ratio of nanoparticles but only for NP sizes exceeding the inelastic mean free path of the photoelectrons.

  17. A General Approach for Calculating Strongly Anharmonic Vibronic Spectra with a High Density of States: The X2B1 <- X1A1 Photoelectron Spectrum of Difluoromethane.

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    Petrenko, Taras; Rauhut, Guntram

    2017-09-22

    Due to a low lying fragmentation channel the X2B1 <- X1A1 photoelectron spectrum of difluoromethane is dominated by strong anharmonicity effects. We have used a time-independent eigenstate-free Raman wave function approach (RWF) to calculate the entire spectrum. Vibronic transitions with the most significant Franck-Condon factors were determined by employing our recently developed residual-based algorithm for the calculation of eigenpairs (RACE). An analysis of the factors controlling the accuracy of the predicted bandshape is provided. The calculated spectrum is in very close agreement with experimental results.

  18. Formation of Hydroxyl and Water Layers on MgO Films Studied with Ambient Pressure XPS

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak, E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H{sub 2}O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH)2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H{sub 2}O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  19. In-situ NAP XPS studies of dissociative water adsorption on GaAs(100) surfaces

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    Ptasinska, Sylwia; Zhang, Xueqiang

    2014-03-01

    In current semiconductor-based technology it is important to design and fabricate new materials in order to achieve specific well-defined properties and functionalities. Before such systems can be applied they first need to be understood, refined and controlled. Therefore, a basic knowledge about molecule/semiconductor surface interfaces is essential. In the present work dissociative water adsorption on the GaAs(100) surface is monitored using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) performed in situ under near ambient conditions. Firstly, the crystal surface is exposed to water vapor pressures ranging from UHV to 0.5 kPa. At elevated pressures an increase of oxygenation and hydroxylation of Ga surface atoms has been observed in the Ga2p XPS spectra. Moreover, intense signals obtained from molecularly adsorbed water molecules or water molecules adsorbed via hydrogen bond to surface OH groups have been also observed in the O1s spectra. Finally, the crystal surface is annealed up to 700 K at water vapor pressure of 0.01 kPa, which leads to desorption of physisorbed water molecules and further increase of surface oxidation. The research described herein was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences, Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, United States Department of Energy through grant number DE-FC02-04ER15533.

  20. XPS and XRD studies of samples from the natural fission reactors in the Oklo uranium deposits

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    Sunder, S.; Miller, N.H.; Duclos, A.M.

    1994-12-31

    Mineral samples from the natural fission reactors 10 and 13 in the Oklo uranium deposits were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to gain information about the long-term behaviour of UO{sub 2} fuel in a geological disposal vault. Two samples from reactor zone 10 (samples No. D81N-190292 and D73-88) and one sample from reactor zone 13 (sample No. SD37-S2/CD) were analysed. Low-resolution XPS spectra were recorded to determine the major elements present in the ore. High-resolution spectra were recorded to gain information about the chemical state of the elements present in the mineral samples. The samples show low values for the U{sup 6+}/U{sup 4+} ratio. The oxidation state of uranium in these samples is even lower than that in U{sub 4}O{sub 9}.The binding energies of the Pb 4f bands indicate most of the Pb is in the +2 oxidation state in these samples. The C ls band indicates the presence of organic carbon. XRD analysis shows that the main uranium-bearing phase is uraninite and lead is present mainly as galena. The significance of the results for nuclear fuel waste management is discussed.

  1. Formation of hydroxyl and water layers on MgO films studied with ambient pressure XPS

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    Newberg, John T.; Starr, David E.; Yamamoto, Susumu; Kaya, Sarp; Kendelewicz, Tom; Mysak, Erin R.; Porsgaard, Soeren; Salmeron, Miquel B.; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.; Nilsson, Anders; Bluhm, Hendrik

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H 2O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH) 2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H 2O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  2. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of organic materials etched by charged water droplet impact

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    Sakai, Yuji; Iijima, Yoshitoki; Takaishi, Riou; Asakawa, Daiki; Hiraoka, Kenzo

    2009-07-15

    Electrospray droplet impact (EDI) has been developed for matrix-free secondary ion mass spectrometry for surface analysis. When a target is etched by EDI, the physical etching on the target is suppressed to minimal, i.e., the occurrence of shallow surface etching. A novel approach to shallow surface etching of polystyrene (PS) by EDI was investigated. The charged water droplets were irradiated to a bulk and a spin coated PS. After irradiation, these samples were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy. It was found that XPS spectra for PS were independent on the irradiation time by EDI. This indicates that EDI is a unique technique for the surface etching of the organic materials without leaving any damage on the etched surface.

  3. Comparative study of the native oxide on 316L stainless steel by XPS and ToF-SIMS

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    Tardio, Sabrina Abel, Marie-Laure; Castle, James E.; Watts, John F.; Carr, Robert H.

    2015-09-15

    The very thin native oxide film on stainless steel, of the order of 2 nm, is known to be readily modified by immersion in aqueous media. In this paper, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time of flight secondary ions mass spectrometry are employed to investigate the nature of the air-formed film and modification after water emersion. The film is described in terms of oxide, hydroxide, and water content. The preferential dissolution of iron is shown to occur on immersion. It is shown that a water absorbed layer and a hydroxide layer are present above the oxide-like passive film. The concentrations of water and hydroxide appear to be higher in the case of exposure to water. A secure method for the peak fitting of Fe2p and Cr2p XPS spectra of such films on their metallic substrates is described. The importance of XPS survey spectra is underlined and the feasibility of C{sub 60}{sup +} SIMS depth profiling of a thin oxide layer is shown.

  4. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for characterization of wood surfaces in adhesion studies

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    James F. Beecher; Charles R. Frihart

    2005-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is one of a set of tools that have been used to characterize wood surfaces. Among the advantages of XPS are surface sensitivity, identification of nearly all elements, and frequently, discrimination of bonding states. For these reasons, XPS seemed to be an appropriate tool to help explain the differences in bond strength under wet...

  5. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of graphitic carbon nanomaterials doped with heteroatoms.

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    Susi, Toma; Pichler, Thomas; Ayala, Paola

    2015-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is one of the best tools for studying the chemical modification of surfaces, and in particular the distribution and bonding of heteroatom dopants in carbon nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. Although these materials have superb intrinsic properties, these often need to be modified in a controlled way for specific applications. Towards this aim, the most studied dopants are neighbors to carbon in the periodic table, nitrogen and boron, with phosphorus starting to emerge as an interesting new alternative. Hundreds of studies have used XPS for analyzing the concentration and bonding of dopants in various materials. Although the majority of works has concentrated on nitrogen, important work is still ongoing to identify its precise atomic bonding configurations. In general, care should be taken in the preparation of a suitable sample, consideration of the intrinsic photoemission response of the material in question, and the appropriate spectral analysis. If this is not the case, incorrect conclusions can easily be drawn, especially in the assignment of measured binding energies into specific atomic configurations. Starting from the characteristics of pristine materials, this review provides a practical guide for interpreting X-ray photoelectron spectra of doped graphitic carbon nanomaterials, and a reference for their binding energies that are vital for compositional analysis via XPS.

  6. Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics modeling of photoelectron spectra: the carbon 1s core-electron binding energies of ethanol-water solutions.

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    Löytynoja, T; Niskanen, J; Jänkälä, K; Vahtras, O; Rinkevicius, Z; Ågren, H

    2014-11-20

    Using ethanol-water solutions as illustration, we demonstrate the capability of the hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) paradigm to simulate core photoelectron spectroscopy: the binding energies and the chemical shifts. An integrated approach with QM/MM binding energy calculations coupled to preceding molecular dynamics sampling is adopted to generate binding energies averaged over the solute-solvent configurations available at a particular temperature and pressure and thus allowing for a statistical assessment with confidence levels for the final binding energies. The results are analyzed in terms of the contributions in the molecular mechanics model-electrostatic, polarization, and van der Waals-with atom or bond granulation of the corresponding MM charge and polarizability force-fields. The role of extramolecular charge transfer screening of the core-hole and explicit hydrogen bonding is studied by extending the QM core to cover the first solvation shell. The results are compared to those obtained from pure electrostatic and polarizable continuum models. Particularly, the dependence of the carbon 1s binding energies with respect to the ethanol concentration is studied. Our results indicate that QM/MM can be used as an all-encompassing model to study photoelectron binding energies and chemical shifts in solvent environments.

  7. X-PEEM, XPS and ToF-SIMS characterisation of xanthate induced chalcopyrite flotation: Effect of pulp potential

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    Kalegowda, Yogesh; Chan, Yuet-Loy; Wei, Der-Hsin; Harmer, Sarah L.

    2015-05-01

    Synchrotron-based X-ray photoemission electron microscopy (X-PEEM), X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy were used to characterize the flotation behaviour of chalcopyrite with xanthate at different processing conditions. The flotation recovery of chalcopyrite decreased from 97% under oxidative conditions (Eh ~ 385 mV SHE, pH 4) to 41% at a reductive potential of - 100 mV SHE (at pH 9). X-PEEM images constructed from the metal L3 absorption edges were used to produce near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra from regions of interest, allowing the variability in mineral surface chemistry of each mineral particle to be analysed, and the effect of pulp potential (Eh) on the flotation of chalcopyrite to be determined. XPS, ToF-SIMS and NEXAFS analyses of chalcopyrite particles at oxidative conditions show that the surface was mildly oxidised and covered with adsorbed molecular CuEX. The Cu 2p XPS and Cu L2,3 NEXAFS spectra were dominated by CuI species attributed to bulk chalcopyrite and adsorbed CuEX. At a reductive potential of - 100 mV SHE, an increase in concentration of CuI and FeIII oxides and hydroxides was observed. X-PEEM analysis was able to show the presence of a low percentage of CuII oxides (CuO or Cu(OH)2) with predominantly CuI oxide (Cu2O) which is not evident in Cu 2p XPS spectra.

  8. Characterization of fossil remains using XRF, XPS and XAFS spectroscopies

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    Zougrou, I. M.; Katsikini, M.; Pinakidou, F.; Brzhezinskaya, M.; Papadopoulou, L.; Vlachos, E.; Tsoukala, E.; Paloura, E. C.

    2016-05-01

    Synchrotron radiation micro-X-Ray Fluorescence (μ-XRF), X-ray photoelectron (XPS) and X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) spectroscopies are applied for the study of paleontological findings. More specifically the costal plate of a gigantic terrestrial turtle Titanochelon bacharidisi and a fossilized coprolite of the cave spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea are studied. Ca L 2,3-edge NEXAFS and Ca 2p XPS are applied for the identification and quantification of apatite and Ca containing minerals. XRF mapping and XAFS are employed for the study of the spatial distribution and speciation of the minerals related to the deposition environment.

  9. XPS studies of chemically modified banana fibers.

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    Pothan, L A; Simon, F; Spange, S; Thomas, S

    2006-03-01

    Banana fibers obtained from the sheath of the banana plant (Musa Sapientum) whose major constituent is cellulose were modified using various chemical agents in order to improve their compatibility with the polymer matrix. The change in the surface composition of the raw and chemically modified fiber was investigated using various techniques such as solvatochromism, electrokinetic measurements, and XPS. Surface characterization by XPS showed the presence of numerous elements on the surface of the fiber. Investigation of the surface after alkali treatment on the other hand showed the removal of most of the elements. Silane treatment was found to introduce a considerable amount of silicon on the surface of the fiber. The [O]/[C] ratio was found to decrease in all cases except for the fluorinated and vinyl silane treated fibers. Detailed investigation of the deconvoluted C 1s spectra revealed the change in the percentage atomic concentration of the various elements on the fiber surface. The dissolution of the various surface components by alkali treatment, which was earlier revealed by SEM, was further confirmed by XPS. The XPS results were found to perfectly agree with the solvatochromic and electrokinetic measurements.

  10. Angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the surface of imidazolium ionic liquids.

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    Lockett, Vera; Sedev, Rossen; Bassell, Chris; Ralston, John

    2008-03-07

    The surfaces of three imidazolium based ionic liquids with a common anion were studied with angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs): 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (bmim), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium (hmim), and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium (omim) tetrafluoroborates, were meticulously purified and dried under vacuum. Survey and high-resolution spectra were obtained at different take-off angles (0-84 degrees ), thus increasing the surface sensitivity of the measurement. No impurities were detected and the survey spectra at normal emission (0 degrees ) confirmed the stoichiometric composition of the liquids. However, the spectra at take-off angles of 60, 70, 80 and 84 degrees indicated a higher amount of carbon. High resolution spectra of C1s, at these angles, showed an increased amount of aliphatic carbon when compared to the spectra at normal emission. The longer the side chain (R) of the imidazolium cation (Rmim), the larger was the amount of aliphatic carbon detected. Previous studies with other surface sensitive techniques have yielded contradictory conclusions about the surface orientation of the Rmim. We conclude unequivocally that the alkyl chain of the imidazolium ring of the investigated RTILs is oriented away from the liquid. Our study demonstrates the ability of XPS to probe the structure, along with the composition, of the free liquid surface by comparing signals from different penetration depths.

  11. XPS studies on aluminum ions modified polyimide with the PIII technique

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    Han, Zhao Jun; Tay, Beng Kang; Ha, Peter C.T.; Sze, Jia Yin; Chua, Daniel H.C.

    2007-03-01

    Polyimide samples modified by aluminum (Al) ions produced by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) with plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) technique, under ambient argon and oxygen gases (flow rate Ar:O{sub 2}=2:1) were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The working pressure was about 8x10{sup -4} Torr and the plasma density was estimated to be 10{sup 9} ions/cm{sup 3}. The applied bias voltages were varied from 5 to 12.5 kV but with fixed frequency at 900 Hz and duty time of 15 {mu}s. For 1 min process time, C 1s and O 1s spectra for modified samples clearly indicated that the carbonyl group (C=O) was largely destroyed by incident Al ions while Al 2p spectra suggested Al atoms remain inside polyimide matrices in the form of C-O-Al complexes. For a 5 min process time, when the ion fluence became large, both C 1s and O 1s spectra suggested a structure of aluminum oxide-mixed layer-polyimide and Al 2p spectra confirmed that most Al atoms were bonded to oxygen atoms on the top surface. These XPS results revealed the chemical bonds between implanted and deposited Al ions and polyimide matrix by using the PIII technique. The structural information can also be suggested. Furthermore in this paper, some discussions with the theoretical [the stopping and range of ions in matter (SRIM)] simulation were also mentioned in order to explore the effectiveness of Al ions irradiation on polyimide.

  12. Surface characterization of ginger powder examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

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    Zhao, Xiaoyan; Ao, Qiang; Du, Fangling; Zhu, Junqing; Liu, Jie

    2010-09-01

    The surface composition of five types of ginger powders with the particle sizes of 300, 149, 74, 37 and 8.34 microm was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and various types of physical-chemical characteristics regarding material particle size distributions, discoloration and chemical composition. The results show that the color differences are greater for superfine ground ginger than for conventional comminuted ones; the values of crude fibre, neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and acid detergent fiber (ADF) decrease with decreasing ginger particle size. However, no relationship with the surface fat, crude protein, ash and total solids exists. With superfine grinding the XPS O/C ratios of the five ginger powders were similar since the surfaces were not oxidized. Correlations were observed between the XPS N/C ratios and the high resolution XPS N 1s spectra. SEM observations revealed that the surface of ginger powder with a particle size of 300 microm is rougher, while superfine ground powders with particle sizes of 149, 74, 37 and 8.34 microm are similar to each other. This roughness difference between these surfaces correlates with the differences in their O/C ratios and the surface morphology of five ginger powders. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Investigation of the Nitrogen Species in Photoactive Perfluorophenylazide-Modified Surfaces

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    Zorn, Gilad; Liu, Li-Hong; Árnadóttir, Líney; Wang, Hui; Gamble, Lara J.; Castner, David G.; Yan, Mingdi

    2014-01-01

    X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was used to characterize the nitrogen species in perfluorophenylazide (PFPA) self-assembled monolayers. PFPA chemistry is a novel immobilization method for tailoring the surface properties of materials. It is a simple route for the efficient immobilization of graphene, proteins, carbohydrates and synthetic polymers onto a variety of surfaces. Upon light irradiation, the azido group in PFPA is converted to a highly reactive singlet nitrene species that readily undergoes CH insertion and C=C addition reactions. Here, the challenge of characterizing the PFPA modified surfaces was addressed by detailed XPS experimental analyses. The three nitrogen peaks detected in the XPS N1s spectra were assigned to amine/amide (400.5 eV) and azide (402.1 and 405.6 eV) species. The observed 2:1 ratio of the areas from the 402.1 eV to 405.6 eV peaks suggests the assignment of the peak at 402.1 eV to the two outer nitrogen atoms in the azido group and assignment of the peak at 405.6 eV to the central nitrogen atom in the azido group. The azide decomposition as the function of x-ray exposure was also determined. Finally, XPS analyses were conducted on patterned graphene to investigate the covalent bond formation between the PFPA and graphene. This study provides strong evidence for the formation of covalent bonds during the PFPA photocoupling process. PMID:24535931

  14. Degradation of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite due to soft x-ray irradiation as analyzed by an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy time-dependent measurement method

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    Motoki, Keisuke; Miyazawa, Yu; Kobayashi, Daisuke; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Yamamoto, Tomoyuki; Hirose, Kazuyuki

    2017-02-01

    The effects of soft X-ray exposure on structures of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite were investigated using an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) time-dependent measurement method. A crystalline sample was fabricated with the inverse-temperature crystallization method. The time evolutions of the core-level and valence-band spectra were recorded to determine the compositional ratios and valence band electronic structure of the sample, respectively. In addition, first-principles calculations were conducted to evaluate the valence band XPS spectra. The in situ XPS analysis combined with theoretical calculations demonstrated a degradation of the surface of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite into PbI2 owing to the evaporation of methylammonium iodide.

  15. Cation profiling of passive films on stainless steel formed in sulphuric and acetic acid by deconvolution of angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectra

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    Högström, Jonas; Fredriksson, Wendy; Edstrom, Kristina; Björefors, Fredrik; Nyholm, Leif; Olsson, Claes-Olof A.

    2013-11-01

    An approach for determining depth gradients of metal-ion concentrations in passive films on stainless steel using angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS) is described. The iterative method, which is based on analyses of the oxidised metal peaks, provides increased precision and hence allows faster ARXPS measurements to be carried out. The method was used to determine the concentration depth profiles for molybdenum, iron and chromium in passive films on 316L/EN 1.4432 stainless steel samples oxidised in 0.5 M H2SO4 and acetic acid diluted with 0.02 M Na2B4O7 · 10H2O and 1 M H2O, respectively. The molybdenum concentration in the film is pin-pointed to the oxide/metal interface and the films also contained an iron-ion-enriched surface layer and a chromium-ion-dominated middle layer. Although films of similar composition and thickness (i.e., about 2 nm) were formed in the two electrolytes, the corrosion currents were found to be three orders of magnitude larger in the acetic acid solution. The differences in the layer composition, found for the two electrolytes as well as different oxidation conditions, can be explained based on the oxidation potentials of the metals and the dissolution rates of the different metal ions.

  16. Accurate Retrieval of Structural Information from Laser-Induced Photoelectron and High-Order Harmonic Spectra by Few-Cycle Laser Pulses

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    Morishita, Toru; Le, Anh-Thu; Chen, Zhangjin; Lin, C. D.

    2008-01-01

    By analyzing accurate theoretical results from solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation of atoms in few-cycle laser pulses, we established the general conclusion that laser-generated high-energy electron momentum spectra and high-order harmonic spectra can be used to extract accurate differential elastic scattering and photo-recombination cross sections of the target ion with free electrons, respectively. Since both electron scattering and photoionization (the inverse of photo-recombination) are the conventional means for interrogating the structure of atoms and molecules, this result implies that existing few-cycle infrared lasers can be implemented for ultrafast imaging of transient molecules with temporal resolution of a few femtoseconds.

  17. Particle and phase thicknesses from XPS analysis of supported bimetallic catalysts: Calcined Co-Rh/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Frydman, A. |; Castner, D.G.; Campbell, C.T.

    1995-03-01

    The surface structure and elemental composition of a series of calcined Co-Rh/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} bimetallic catalysts have been investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). New formulae for the quantitative analysis of XPS intensities for supported bimetallic catalysts involving up to three separate, layered phases on spherical support particles are used for the first time. These apply an average take-off angle for photoelectrons from spherical particles whose radii are large compared to the electron attenuation length. Calcined monometallic Co/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Rh/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and four calcined bimetallic Co-Rh/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} catalysts with similar Co loadings ({approx} 1.9 wt%) and variable Rh loadings (0.3 to 2.3 wt%) were examined. Reference spectra for pure CoNb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (columbite) are also presented here for the first time. The catalysts were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation and calcined at 673 K to generate the oxide precursors. The XPS lineshapes and the Co (2p) spin-orbit splitting indicated the presence of two Co species, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and CO{sup +2}, on all calcined Co-containing catalysts. The measured XPS Co/Nb and Rh/Nb atomic ratios for the catalysts were factors of 1.5-2 and 2-4.5, respectively, greater than the bulk atomic ratios, showing that both Co and Rh oxides were surface-enriched. The measured XPS peak intensities were compared to the values predicted from several different structural models of the oxide particles.

  18. Copper resinate: an XPS study of degradation

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    Altavilla, C.; Ciliberto, E.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper, we describe an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of copper resinate, a transparent green glaze that is coloured by copper salts of resin acids. This pigment was used in Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but it does not seem to be a usual feature of the palette anywhere after the end of the sixteenth century, because its tendency to discolour was already widely known by artists. An essential prerequisite for the restoration of works of art is the understanding of the effects of various climatic parameters on the deterioration process. For this reason, pictorial models of copper resinate in linseed oil, capable of simulating the ancient paintings on mobile supports, were prepared and aged in a climatic chamber, under different conditions such as exposure to UV radiations, humidity and different concentration of chemical pollutants (NO2 and SO2). All the samples were investigated by XPS and the data obtained were evaluated in order to estimate aging effects as well as mechanisms of degradation. On these paint layers damage induced by X-ray irradiation was also verified.

  19. H2CN+ and H2CNH+: New insight into the structure and dynamics from mass-selected threshold photoelectron spectra

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    Holzmeier, Fabian; Lang, Melanie; Hader, Kilian; Hemberger, Patrick; Fischer, Ingo

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, we reinvestigate the photoionization of nitrogen containing reactive intermediates of the composition H2CN and H2CNH, molecules of importance in astrochemistry and biofuel combustion. In particular, H2CN is also of considerable interest to theory, because of its complicated potential energy surface. The species were generated by flash pyrolysis, ionized with vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation, and studied by mass-selected threshold photoelectron (TPE) spectroscopy. In the mass-selected TPE-spectrum of m/z = 28, contributions of all four isomers of H2CN were identified. The excitation energy to the triplet cation of the methylene amidogen radical H2CN was determined to be 12.32 eV. Considerable activity in the C-N mode of the cation is visible. Furthermore, we derived values for excitation into the triplet cations of 11.72 eV for cis-HCNH, 12.65 eV for trans-HCNH, and 11.21 eV for H2NC. The latter values are probably accurate to within one vibrational quantum. The spectrum features an additional peak at 10.43 eV that corresponds to excitation into the C2v-symmetric H2CN+. As this structure constitutes a saddle point, the peak is assigned to an activated complex on the singlet potential energy surface of the cation, corresponding to a hydrogen atom migration. For methanimine, H2CNH, the adiabatic ionization energy IEad was determined to be 9.99 eV and the vibrational structure of the spectrum was analyzed in detail. The uncertainty of earlier values that simply assigned the signal onset to the IEad is thus considerably reduced. The spectrum is dominated by the H-N-C bending mode ν1+ and the rocking mode ν3+. All experimental data were supported by calculations and Franck-Condon simulations.

  20. FTIR and XPS studies of protein adsorption onto functionalized bioactive glass.

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    Gruian, C; Vanea, E; Simon, S; Simon, V

    2012-07-01

    Adsorption and structural changes that occur upon interaction between methemoglobin (MetHb) and 5-methyl-aminomethyl-uridine forming enzyme (MnmE) with the surface of a bioactive glass (BG) were investigated by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The effect of glutaraldehyde (GA) as a coupling agent for protein adsorption on BG was also investigated. The comparative analysis of FTIR spectra recorded from lyophilized proteins and from bioactive glass surface after protein adsorption was considered in order to obtain information about the changes in the secondary structure of the proteins. XPS data were used to determine the surface coverage. The unfolding of adsorbed proteins due to interactions between the internal hydrophobic protein domains and the hydrophobic BG surface was evidenced. After adsorption, the amount of α-helix decreases and less ordered structures (turns, random coils and aggregates) are preponderant. These changes are less pronounced on the BG functionalized with GA, suggesting that the treatment with GA preserves significantly larger amounts of α-helices in the structure of both proteins after adsorption.

  1. Ensuring the homogeneity of spray pyrolised SnS thin films employing XPS depth profiling

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    Sajeesh, T. H.; Deepa, K. G.; Vijayakumar, K. P.

    2017-05-01

    SnS thin films were prepared using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) technique. p-type SnS films with direct band gap of 1.33 eV and having very high absorption coefficient were obtained with the optimized deposition conditions. In this paper we focus on investigating the uniformity and phase purity of the hence deposited SnS films employing Raman and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. Raman Spectra of the films had only single peak corresponding to the Raman active Ag mode at 224 cm-1 which is characteristic for phase-pure SnS thin films. Detailed XPS analysis on these samples were performed by scanning the peaks for Sn, S, and O with high resolution to estimate the chemical states and composition. Employing Ar-ion sputtering, the depth profiles showing variation in concentration and binding energies of S, Sn, O over the sample thickness were obtained and the uniformity in composition along the thickness has been discussed in detail.

  2. Rondorfite-type structure — XPS and UV–vis study

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    Dulski, M.; Bilewska, K.; Wojtyniak, M.; Szade, J.; Kusz, J.; Nowak, A.; Wrzalik, R.; and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Structural and spectroscopic characterization of chlorosilicate mineral, rondorfite. • Characterization of main photoemission lines and valence band spectra. • The study of color origin’s using UV–vis spectroscopy. • Analysis of structural changes in context of origin of natural fluorescence. • Discussion of a new application possibilities of analyzed mineral - Abstract: This paper focuses on X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron and UV–vis spectroscopy of two different (green, orange) rondorfite samples. The differences in the sample color originate from various O/Cl ratios. The orange color was found to be related either to the isomorphic substitution of Fe{sup 3+}/Al{sup 3+} for Mg{sup 2+}, the presence of atypical [MgO{sub 4}] tetrahedrons in crystal structure or electronegativity of the sample. The tetrahedron is known to be very prone to accumulation of impurities and substitute atoms. Moreover, the XPS data showed tetrahedrally coordinated Mg{sup 2+} and isomorphic substitution of Al{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 3+} for Mg{sup 2+}, which influences local disordering and the point defects density and distribution. Non-equilibrium chlorine positions inside the crystal cages as well as Ca-Cl bonds have also been found. The XPS measurements as a function of temperature indicate occurrence of a structural transformation at about 770 K which is accompanied by a rotation of silicate tetrahedra within magnesiosilicate pentamer and luminescence disappearance.

  3. Effects of the low Earth orbit space environment on the surface chemistry of Kapton polyimide film: An XPS study

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    Lee, Myung; Rooney, William; Whiteside, James

    1992-01-01

    Kapton H (DuPont Trademark) polyimide specimens exposed to the low earth (LEO) space environment suffered significant weathering with surface erosions of approximately 8.0 microns. Despite these effects, no significant changes in bulk chemistry were observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to determine local changes induced from approximately 25 percent in 1980 vintage ground control specimens to nearly 53 percent in space exposed specimens. The greatest increase was observed for the divalent oxygen moieties, although a slight increase in carbonyl oxygen was also measured. Furthermore, the chemical shifts of all XPS peaks of space-exposed Kapton are shifted to higher energy. This is consistent with a higher oxidation state of the space exposed surface. Finally, space exposed specimens had distinct silicon peaks (2p 100 eV and 2s 149 eV) in their XPS spectra in agreement with widespread reports of silicon contamination throughout the LDEF satellite. These results are discussed in terms of surface reactivity of the polyimide exposed to the LEO environment and the chemical nature of contaminants deposited on flight surfaces due to satellite outgassing.

  4. Photoelectronic characterization of heterointerfaces.

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    Brumbach, Michael Todd

    2012-02-01

    In many devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, transistors, etc., the performance relies on the electronic structure at interfaces between materials within the device. The objective of this work was to perform robust characterization of hybrid (organic/inorganic) interfaces by tailoring the interfacial region for photoelectron spectroscopy. Self-assembled monolayers (SAM) were utilized to induce dipoles of various magnitudes at the interface. Additionally, SAMs of molecules with varying dipolar characteristics were mixed into spatially organized structures to systematically vary the apparent work function. Polymer thin films were characterized by depositing films of varying thicknesses on numerous substrates with and without interfacial modifications. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) was performed to evaluate a buried interface between indium tin oxide (ITO), treated under various conditions, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). Conducting polymer films were found to be sufficiently conducting such that no significant charge redistribution in the polymer films was observed. Consequently, a further departure from uniform substrates was taken whereby electrically disconnected regions of the substrate presented ideally insulating interfacial contacts. In order to accomplish this novel strategy, interdigitated electrodes were used as the substrate. Conducting fingers of one half of the electrodes were electrically grounded while the other set of electrodes were electronically floating. This allowed for the evaluation of substrate charging on photoelectron spectra (SCOPES) in the presence of overlying semiconducting thin films. Such an experiment has never before been reported. This concept was developed out of the previous experiments on interfacial modification and thin film depositions and presents new opportunities for understanding chemical and electronic changes in a multitude of materials and interfaces.

  5. Native target chemistry during reactive dc magnetron sputtering studied by ex-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Greczynski, G.; Mráz, S.; Schneider, J. M.; Hultman, L.

    2017-07-01

    We report x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of native Ti target surface chemistry during magnetron sputtering in an Ar/N2 atmosphere. To avoid air exposure, the target is capped immediately after sputtering with a few-nm-thick Al overlayers; hence, information about the chemical state of target elements as a function of N2 partial pressure pN2 is preserved. Contrary to previous reports, which assume stoichiometric TiN formation, we present direct evidence, based on core-level XPS spectra and TRIDYN simulations, that the target surface is covered by TiNx with x varying in a wide range, from 0.27 to 1.18, depending on pN2. This has far-reaching consequences both for modelling of the reactive sputtering process and for everyday thin film growth where detailed knowledge of the target state is crucial.

  6. XPS and EELS characterization of Mn2SiO4, MnSiO3 and MnAl2O4

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    Grosvenor, A. P.; Bellhouse, E. M.; Korinek, A.; Bugnet, M.; McDermid, J. R.

    2016-08-01

    X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) are strong candidate techniques for characterizing steel surfaces and substrate-coating interfaces when investigating the selective oxidation and reactive wetting of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) during the continuous galvanizing process. However, unambiguous identification of ternary oxides such as Mn2SiO4, MnSiO3, and MnAl2O4 by XPS or EELS, which can play a significant role in substrate reactive wetting, is difficult due to the lack of fully characterized standards in the literature. To resolve this issue, samples of Mn2SiO4, MnSiO3 and MnAl2O4 were synthesized and characterized by XPS and EELS. The unique features of the XPS and EELS spectra for the Mn2SiO4, MnSiO3 and MnAl2O4 standards were successfully derived, thereby allowing investigators to fully differentiate and identify these oxides at the surface and subsurface of Mn, Si and Al alloyed AHSS using these techniques.

  7. Tunneling Splittings in Vibronic Structure of CH_3F^+ ( X^2E): Studied by High Resolution Photoelectron Spectra and AB Initio Theoretical Method

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    Mo, Yuxiang; Gao, Shuming; Dai, Zuyang; Li, Hua

    2013-06-01

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the vibronic structure of CH_3F^+. The results show that the tunneling splittings of vibrational energy levels occur in CH_3F^+ due to the Jahn-Teller effect. Experimentally, we have measured a high resolution ZEKE spectrum of CH_3F up to 3500 cm^-^1 above the ground state. Theoretically, we performed an ab initio calculation based on the diabatic model. The adiabatic potential energy surfaces (APES) of CH_3F^+ have been calculated at the MRCI/CAS/avq(t)z level and expressed by Taylor expansions with normal coordinates as variables. The energy gradients for the lower and upper APES, the derivative couplings between them and also the energies of the APES have been used to determine the coefficients in the Taylor expansion. The spin-vibronic energy levels have been calculated by accounting all six vibrational modes and their couplings. The experimental ZEKE spectra were assigned based on the theoretical calculations. W. Domcke, D. R. Yarkony, and H. Köpple (Eds.), Conical Intersections: Eletronic Structure, Dynamics and Spectroscopy (World Scientific, Singapore, 2004). M. S. Schuurman, D. E. Weinberg, and D. R. Yarkony, J. Chem. Phys. 127, 104309 (2007).

  8. Application of near ambient pressure gas-phase X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to the investigation of catalytic properties of copper in methanol oxidation

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    Prosvirin, Igor P.; Bukhtiyarov, Andrey V.; Bluhm, Hendrik; Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I.

    2016-02-01

    Application of near ambient pressure (NAP) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for characterization of catalytic properties of a heterogeneous catalyst through measurement and analysis of the core-level spectra from gas phase constituents, which become measurable in submillibar pressure range, has been demonstrated for the reaction of methanol oxidation over polycrystalline copper foil. To improve the accuracy of quantitative analysis of the gas phase signals for the routine XPS spectrometer with double Al/Mg anode used in these experiments, the sample was removed from XPS analysis zone, but it was still located in high-pressure gas cell. As consequence, only gas phase peaks from reagents and reaction products have been observed in XPS spectra. Quantitative analysis of the spectra has allowed us to calculate conversions of the reagents and yields of the reaction products, or, other words, to characterize the catalytic properties of the catalyst and to track their changes with temperature. Further comparison of the catalytic properties with concentration of the surface species measured by in situ XPS in separate experiments, but under the same conditions, gives a possibility to discuss the reaction mechanisms.

  9. From photoelectron detachment spectra of BrHBr{sup −}, BrDBr{sup −} and IHI{sup −}, IDI{sup −} to vibrational bonding of BrMuBr and IMuI

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    Manz, Jörn; Sato, Kazuma; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki Yoshida, Takahiko

    2015-04-28

    Photoelectron detachment XLX{sup −}(00{sup 0}0) + hν → XLX(vib) + e{sup −} + KER (X = Br or I, L = H or D) at sufficiently low temperatures photoionizes linear dihalogen anions XLX{sup −} in the vibrational ground state (v{sub 1}v{sub 2}{sup l}v{sub 3} = 00{sup 0}0) and prepares the neutral radicals XLX(vib) in vibrational states (vib). At the same time, part of the photon energy (hν) is converted into kinetic energy release (KER) of the electron [R. B. Metz, S. E. Bradforth, and D. M. Neumark, Adv. Chem. Phys. 81, 1 (1992)]. The process may be described approximately in terms of a Franck-Condon type transfer of the vibrational wavefunction representing XLX{sup −}(00{sup 0}0) from the domain close to the minimum of its potential energy surface (PES) to the domain close to the linear transition state of the PES of the neutral XLX. As a consequence, prominent peaks of the photoelectron detachment spectra (pds) correlate with the vibrational energies E{sub XLX,vib} of states XLX(vib) which are centered at linear transition state. The corresponding vibrational quantum numbers may be labeled vib = (v{sub 1}v{sub 2}{sup l}v{sub 3}) = (00{sup 0}v{sub 3}). Accordingly, the related most prominent peaks in the pds are labeled v{sub 3}. We construct a model PES which mimics the “true” PES in the domain of transition state such that it supports vibrational states with energies E{sub XLX,pds,00{sup 0}v{sub 3}} close to the peaks of the pds labeled v{sub 3} = 0, 2, and 4. Subsequently, the same model PES is also used to calculate approximate values of the energies E{sub XMuX,00{sup 0}0} of the isotopomers XMuX(00{sup 0}0). For the heavy isotopomers XHX and XDX, it turns out that all energies E{sub XLX,00{sup 0}v{sub 3}} are above the threshold for dissociation, which means that all heavy XLX(00{sup 0}v{sub 3}) with wavefunctions centered at the transition state are unstable resonances with finite lifetimes. Turning the table, bound states of the heavy XLX are van

  10. A first-principles core-level XPS study on the boron impurities in germanium crystal

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2013-12-04

    We systematically investigated the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core-level shifts and formation energies of boron defects in germanium crystals and compared the results to those in silicon crystals. Both for XPS core-level shifts and formation energies, relationship between defects in Si and Ge is roughly linear. From the similarity in the formation energy, it is expected that the exotic clusters like icosahedral B12 exist in Ge as well as in Si.

  11. A first-principles core-level XPS study on the boron impurities in germanium crystal

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2013-12-01

    We systematically investigated the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core-level shifts and formation energies of boron defects in germanium crystals and compared the results to those in silicon crystals. Both for XPS core-level shifts and formation energies, relationship between defects in Si and Ge is roughly linear. From the similarity in the formation energy, it is expected that the exotic clusters like icosahedral B12 exist in Ge as well as in Si.

  12. Electronic structure, excited states, and photoelectron spectra of uranium, thorium, and zirconium bis(Ketimido) complexes (C5R5)2M[-NCPh2]2 (M = Th, U, Zr; R = H, CH3).

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    Clark, Aurora E; Martin, Richard L; Hay, P Jeffrey; Green, Jennifer C; Jantunen, Kimberly C; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L

    2005-06-23

    Organometallic actinide bis(ketimide) complexes (C5Me5)2An[-N=C(Ph)(R)]2 (where R = Ph, Me, and CH2Ph) of thorium(IV) and uranium(IV) have recently been synthesized that exhibit chemical, structural, and spectroscopic (UV-Visible, resonance-enhanced Raman) evidence for unusual actinide-ligand bonding. [Da Re et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 682; Jantunen et al., Organometallics, 2004, 23, 4682; Morris et al., Organometallics, 2004, 23, 5142.] Similar evidence has been observed for the group 4 analogue (C5H5)2Zr[-N=CPh2]2. [Da Re et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 682.] These compounds have important implications for the development of new heavy-element systems that possess novel electronic and magnetic properties. Here, we have investigated M-ketimido bonding (M = Th, U, Zr), as well as the spectroscopic properties of the highly colored bis-ketimido complexes, using density functional theory (DFT). Photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) has been used to experimentally elucidate the ground-state electronic structure of the thorium and uranium systems. Careful examination of the ground-state electronic structure, as well as a detailed modeling of the photoelectron spectra, reveals similar bonding interactions between the thorium and uranium compounds. Using time-dependent DFT (TDDFT), we have assigned the bands in the previously reported UV-Visible spectra for (C5Me5)2Th[-N=CPh2]2, (C5Me5)2U[-N=CPh2]2, and (C5H5)2Zr[-N=CPh2]2. The low-energy transitions are attributed to ligand-localized N p --> C=N pi excitations. These excited states may be either localized on a single ketimido unit or may be of the ligand-ligand charge-transfer type. Higher-energy transitions are cyclopentadienyl pi --> CN pi or cyclopentadienyl pi --> phenyl pi in character. The lowest-energy excitation in the (C5Me5)2U[-N=Ph2]2 compound is attributed to f-f and metal-ligand charge-transfer transitions that are not available in the thorium and zirconium analogues. Geometry optimization and

  13. Samarium electrodeposited acetate and oxide thin films on stainless steel substrate characterized by XPS

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    Myhre, Kristian; Burns, Jonathan; Meyer, Harry; ...

    2016-06-01

    Characterization of a samarium thin film deposited on a stainless steel substrate using molecular electrodeposition was carried out using a Thermo Scientific K-Alpha X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. We studied two types of samarium electrodeposition samples, one as-deposited and one heated to 700 °C in an air flow. Survey scans include peaks coming from the stainless steel substrate, such as Fe and Cr. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) survey spectrum, Sm 3d, C 1s, and O 1s narrow scans are shown. It was determined that the heating process decomposed the deposited Sm acetate to Sm2O3 using XPS.

  14. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of the {omega} phase in water quenched Ti-5553 alloy

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    Qin, Dongyang; Lu, Yafeng; Zhang, Kong; Liu, Qian; Zhou, Lian

    2012-11-15

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to investigate the {omega} phase in water quenched Ti-5553 alloy with a nominal composition of Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr (wt.%), and the {omega} and the {beta} phase were distinguished by deconvoluting the XPS spectra of Al2p, V2p and Cr2p core level regions. In addition, it is found that the binding energy of core level electron of alloying elements shifts comparing with that of pure metals, and the fact was interpreted by charge redistribution model. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy technique could be used to characterize the nano-scale {omega} phase in {beta} alloys. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We characterize the {omega} phase in Ti-5553 alloy by XPS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Binding energy of Al2p, V2p and Cr2p electron are different in the {omega} and {beta} phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural difference leads to the binding energy gap.

  15. Growth of ultra-thin FeO(100) films on Ag(100): A combined XPS, LEED and CEMS study

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    Abreu, G. J. P.; Paniago, R.; Pfannes, H.-D.

    2014-01-01

    The production and characterization of ultra-thin iron oxide films grown on an atomically clean Ag(100) surface by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is presented. The goal of this work was to prepare ultra-thin FeO(100) with excellent crystallographic quality. The films were prepared with high purity 57Fe and O2 and afterwards analyzed in situ by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS). During preparation the evaporation rate, the O2 partial pressure, film thickness and annealing procedures were varied. The analysis of the various samples showed that in general a mixture of FeO and Fe3O4 phases is obtained. We determined the best conditions to produce the desired oxide (FeO). Besides the paramagnetic phase, the antiferromagnetic phase of the FeO films was characterized by low temperature Mössbauer spectra.

  16. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigation of nanocrystalline calcium silicate hydrates synthesised by reactive milling

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    Black, Leon . E-mail: l.black@shu.ac.uk; Garbev, Krassimir; Beuchle, Guenter; Stemmermann, Peter; Schild, Dieter

    2006-06-15

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to analyse a series of mechanochemically synthesised, nanocrystalline calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H). The samples, with Ca/Si ratios of 0.2 to 1.5, showed structural features of C-S-H(I). XPS analysis revealed changes in the extent of silicate polymerisation. Si 2p, Ca 2p and O 1s spectra showed that, unlike for the crystalline calcium silicate hydrate phases studied previously, there was no evidence of silicate sheets (Q{sup 3}) at low Ca/Si ratios. Si 2p and O 1s spectra indicated silicate depolymerisation, expressed by decreasing silicate chain length, with increasing C/S. In all spectra, peak narrowing was observed with increasing Ca/Si, indicating increased structural ordering. The rapid changes of the slope of FWHM of Si 2p, {delta} {sub Ca-Si} and {delta} {sub NBO-BO} as function of C/S ratio indicated a possible miscibility gap in the C-S-H-solid solution series between C/S 5/6 and 1. The modified Auger parameter ({alpha}') of nanocrystalline C-S-H decreased with increasing silicate polymerisation, a trend already observed studying crystalline C-S-H. Absolute values of {alpha}' were shifted about - 0.7 eV with respect to crystalline phases of equal C/S ratio, due to reduced crystallinity.

  17. Theoretical Studies on the Photoelectron and Absorption Spectra of MnO 4 and TcO 4

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    Su, Jing; Xu, Wen-Hua; Xu, Chao-Fei; Schwarz, W. H. E.; Li, Jun

    2013-09-03

    The tetraoxo pertechnetate anion (TcO4-) is of great interest for nuclear waste management and radiopharmceuticals. To elucidate its electronic structure and to compare with that of its lighter congener MnO4-, the photoelectron and electronic absorption spectra of MnO4 - and TcO4 - are investigated with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio wave function theory (WFT). The vertical electron detachment energies (VDEs) of MnO4 - obtained with the CR-EOM-CCSD(T) method are in good agreement with the lowest two experimental VDEs; the differences are less than 0.1 eV, representing a significant improvement over the IP-EOMCCSD(T) result in the literature. Combining our CCSD(T) and CR-EOMCCSD( T) results, the first five VDEs of TcO4 - are estimated between 5 and 10 eV with an estimated accuracy of about ±0.2 eV. The vertical excitation energies are determined by using TD-DFT, CR-EOM-CCSD(T), and RASPT2 methods. The excitation energies and the assignments of the spectra are analyzed and partly improved. They are compared with reported SAC-CI results and available experimental data. Both dynamic and nondynamic electron correlations are important in the ground and excited states of MnO4 - and TcO4 -. Nondynamical correlations are particularly relevant in TcO4 - for reliable prediction of excitation energies. In TcO4 - one Rydberg state interlaces but does not mix with the valence excited states, and it disappears in the condensed phase.

  18. Theoretical studies on the electronic structures and photoelectron spectra of tri-rhenium oxide clusters: Re3O(n)(-) and Re3O(n) (n=1-6).

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    Zhou, Qi; Gong, Wei-Chao; Xie, Lu; Zheng, Cun-Gong; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2014-01-03

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to study the structural and electronic properties of tri-rhenium oxide clusters Re3On(-/0) (n=1-6). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level are carried out to search for the global minima for both the anions and the neutrals. For the anions, the first two O atoms prefer the same corner position of a Re3 triangle. Whereas, Re3O3(-) possesses a C2v symmetry with one bridging and two terminal O atoms. The next three O atoms (n=4-6) are adding sequentially on the basis of Re3O3(-) motif, i.e., adding one terminal O atom for Re3O4(-), one terminal and one bridging O atoms for Re3O5(-), and one terminal and two bridging O atoms for Re3O6(-), respectively. Their corresponding neutral species are similar to the anions in geometry except Re3O4 and Re3O5. Molecular orbital analyses are employed to investigate the chemical bonding and structural evolution in these tri-rhenium oxide clusters. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. 1,2-Dimethyl-1,2-Disila-Closo-Dodecaborane(12), A silicon analog of an ortho-carborane: Synthesis; x ray crystal structure; NMR, vibrational and photoelectron spectra; bonding

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    Seyferth, Dietmar; Buechner, Klaus D.; Rees, William S., Jr.; Wesemann, Lars; Davis, William M.

    1993-04-01

    The reaction of (CH3)2Si(NMe2)2 with B1OH14 Yields a polymer, B1OH12 (dot) Me2NSi(CH3)2NMe2(sub n), whose pyrolysis in a stream of ammonia gives hexagonal boron nitride containing a little silicon nitride. In contrast, CH3(H)Si(NMe2)2 reacts with B1OH14 to give 1,2-dimethyl- 1,2-disila-closo- dodecaborane(12) (DMSB), an air-sensitive solid, the structure of whose 1:1 benzene solvate was determined by X-ray diffraction. This compound crystallizes in the space group P ccn (56) with a = 10.081(1) A, b = 10.666(8) A, c = 16.130(5) A, V = 1734(2) cu A, and Z = 4. The final R is equal to 0.044 and RW = 0.058. The H-1, C-13, Si-29, and B-11 NMR spectra and mass spectrum of DMSB are reported. Its vibrational spectrum (Raman, 5-3600 /cm; IR, 200-3600 /cm) was measured and compared with that of ortho-carborane. A study of its He(1) photoelectron spectrum led to the conclusion that DMSB is the most electron-rich cluster of type XYB1OH1O with two adjacent main group element centers known.

  20. pH dependence of uranyl retention in a quartz/solution system: an XPS study.

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    Froideval, A; Del Nero, M; Barillon, R; Hommet, J; Mignot, G

    2003-10-15

    We have investigated the pH dependence of U(VI) retention in quartz/10(-4) M uranyl solution systems, under conditions favoring formation of polynuclear aqueous species and of colloids of amorphous schoepite as U(VI) solubility-limiting phases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to gain insights into the coordination environments of sorbed/precipitated uranyl ions in the centrifuged quartz samples. The U4f XPS spectra made it possible to identify unambiguously the presence of two uranyl components. A high binding energy component, whose relative proportion increases with pH, exhibits the U4f lines characteristic of a reference synthetic metaschoepite. Such a high binding energy component is interpreted as a component having a U(VI) oxide hydrate character, either as polynuclear surface oligomers and/or as amorphous schoepite-like (surface) precipitates. Its pH dependence suggests that a binding of polynuclear species at quartz surfaces and/or a formation of amorphous schoepite-like (surface) precipitates is favored when the proportion of aqueous polynuclear species increases. A second surface component exhibits binding energies for the U4f core levels at values significantly lower (DeltaE(b)=1.2 eV) than for metaschoepite, evidencing uranyl ions in a distinct coordination environment. Such a low binding energy component may be attributed to monomeric uranyl surface complexes on the basis of published EXAFS data. Such a hypothesis is supported by a major contribution of the low binding energy component to the U4f XPS spectra of reference samples for uranyl sorbed on quartz from very acidic 10(-3) M uranyl solutions where UO(2)(2+) ions predominate.

  1. A Technique for Calculation of Shell Thicknesses for Core-Shell-Shell Nanoparticles from XPS Data

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    Cant, David J. H.; Wang, Yung-Chen; Castner, David G.; Shard, Alexander G.

    2016-01-01

    This paper extends a straightforward technique for the calculation of shell thicknesses in core-shell nanoparticles to the case of core-shell-shell nanoparticles using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) data. This method can be applied by XPS analysts and does not require any numerical simulation or advanced knowledge, although iteration is required in the case where both shell thicknesses are unknown. The standard deviation in the calculated thicknesses vs simulated values is typically less than 10%, which is the uncertainty of the electron attenuation lengths used in XPS analysis. PMID:27087712

  2. Samarium and europium beta”-alumina derivatives characterized by XPS

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    Myhre, Kristian; Meyer, Harry; Du, Miting

    2017-01-04

    Characterization of sodium, samarium and europium beta -alumina derivatives has been carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Beta -alumina has been widely studied as a material capable of incorporating many different cations into its lattice structure, such as sodium and many of the lanthanide elements. The X-ray photoelectron spectra of samarium and europium in the beta -alumina structure are reported here. Additionally, the spectra of the precursor sodium beta -alumina as well as the europium and samarium trichloride starting materials are presented.

  3. [Analysis of XPS in the removal of Se(IV) from groundwater with pyrite].

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    Liu, Hong-fang; Qian, Tian-wei; Zhang, Min-gang

    2015-02-01

    Selenium (Se) is an elementary trace nutrient element for human but there is a very narrow range between deficit and toxic levels. Furthermore, excessive intake of Selenium is harmful for human. The product species of selenite which was removal by pyrite particles was studied in the present research In the experiments, the pyrite particles were prepared by the wet ball mill method, and surface analyses of pyrite before and after contact with Se(IV) were conducted using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Besides, the prepared pyrite samples were also characterized using both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the purity of the prepared pyrite particles was above 97%, and the characteristic diffraction peaks of the particles well matched with that of FeS2 crystalline. Scanning electron microscope determination showed the shape of the particles was approximate ball and the size was range from 80 to 180 nm. And thus the pyrite particles prepared by the wet ball mill method had less particle size, larger specific surface area and higher reactive ability. The batch experiments exhibited the pyrite particles were able to remove 95% of Se(IV) (20 mg x L(-1)) from water within 12 hours. And the kinetic tests indicated reaction process between pyrite and Se(IV) fits a pseudo-first order kinetic model, which gives a pseudo-first order rate constant(kobs) of 0.26 h(-1). XPS analyses were using the XPSPEAK program which has a Gaussian Lorentzian function. The results clearly displays that Se(IV) prefer to react with the surface-bound S2(2-) rather than reacted with the surface-bound Fe2+ of pyrite particles. From XPS graph, it can be seen that the binding energy of sulfur element and iron element composed of pyrite shifted to the left a little, which means expensive state of sulfur element and iron element appeared on the pyrite surface. Analysis of the oxidation state of Se on the surface of pyrite

  4. XPS Protocol for the Characterization of Pristine and Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Sosa, E. D.; Allada, R.; Huffman, C. B.; Arepalli, S.

    2009-01-01

    Recent interest in developing new applications for carbon nanotubes (CNT) has fueled the need to use accurate macroscopic and nanoscopic techniques to characterize and understand their chemistry. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has proved to be a useful analytical tool for nanoscale surface characterization of materials including carbon nanotubes. Recent nanotechnology research at NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC) helped to establish a characterization protocol for quality assessment for single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). Here, a review of some of the major factors of the XPS technique that can influence the quality of analytical data, suggestions for methods to maximize the quality of data obtained by XPS, and the development of a protocol for XPS characterization as a complementary technique for analyzing the purity and surface characteristics of SWCNTs is presented. The XPS protocol is then applied to a number of experiments including impurity analysis and the study of chemical modifications for SWCNTs.

  5. Development of a technique to prevent radiation damage of chromate conversion coatings during X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis

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    Chidambaram, Devicharan; Halada, Gary P.; Clayton, Clive R.

    2001-09-01

    Photoreduction of hydrated sodium dichromate in the presence of carbon compounds has been studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS results show that sodium dichromate also undergoes thermal breakdown during analysis. The photochemical and thermal reduction appears to be prevented by cooling with liquid nitrogen and using hydrocarbon-free vacuum pumping conditions. A model for the photoreduction of dichromate has been put forward based on an earlier photoreduction model developed by this group. Using the insight gained from this work, chromium spectra obtained from XPS of chromate conversion coatings (CCCs) on AA2024-T3 aluminum alloy have for the first time been fitted with six species of chromium compounds. The Cr 2p spectra have been critically examined for photoreduction of the hexavalent species: tetravalent and trivalent decomposition products have been identified. To explain the observed photochemical breakdown in CCCs even when performed under clean pumping conditions and liquid nitrogen cooling, its has been verified that the reduction is partly due to the cyanide species present in the CCCs. Cooling with liquid nitrogen prevents the adsorbed water on the coating from reacting with Cr(IV) to form trivalent species as the water molecules are immobilized and kinetics are slowed. As the Cr(VI)/Cr(III) ratio is critical to the performance of the CCC, and its accurate determination by XPS has not formerly been possible due to the photoreduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III), we present a reliable method by which XPS can be used in characterization of chromate conversion coatings.

  6. XPS Determination of Uranium Oxidations States

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    Ilton, Eugene S.; Bagus, Paul S.

    2011-12-01

    This contribution is both a review of different aspects of the XPS spectra that can help one determine U oxidation states and a personal perspective on how to effectively model the XPS of complicated mixed valence U phases. After a discussion of the valence band, the focus lingers on the U4f region, where the use of binding energies, satellite structures, and peak shapes is discussed in some detail. Binding energies were shown to be very dependent on composition/structure and consequently unreliable guides to oxidation state, particularly where assignment of composition is difficult. Likewise, the spin orbit split 4f7/2 and 4f5/2 peak shapes do not carry significant information on oxidation states. In contrast, both satellite-primary peak binding energy separations, as well as intensities too lesser extent, are relatively insensitive to composition/structure within the oxide-hydroxide-hydrate system and can be used to both identify and help quantify U oxidation states in mixed valence phases. An example of the usefulness of the satellite structure in constraining the interpretation of a complex multivalence U compound is given.

  7. The application of XPS to the study of MIC

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    Kearns, J.R. . Technical Center); Clayton, C.R.; Halada, G.P. . Dept. of Materials Science); Gillow, J.B.; Francis, A.J. )

    1992-01-01

    The biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) involve the transformation of chemical species at a metal surface. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) is utilized in conjunction with conventional microbiological and Quantitative Chemical Analytical techniques to better understand the effect of environmental conditions on microbial behavior as well as the ability of bacteria to alter local environmental conditions. Specifically, the interaction of Fe, Cr, Ni, Mo ions with Desulfovibrio sp. under anoxic conditions were studied. This is the first phase of a systematic study of microbial activity and the effects of alloy elements and thermo-mechanical treatments on the MIC resistance of stainless steels.

  8. Simultaneous Use Of Zr And Mg Anodes In XPS

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    Allgeyer, D. F.; Pratz, E. H.

    1996-01-01

    Improved x-ray source for x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) contains both zirconium anode with beryllium window and magnesium anode with aluminum window. Previously unresolvable peaks of electron-energy spectrum become resolvable. Developed specifically for use in analyzing distributions of chemical constituents in surface layers of specimens of 2219 aluminum alloy and in determining the depths of surface oxide layers and relative proportions of aluminum and oxide in layers. Also used to study chemical constituents of surface layers in other material systems - for example, thin oxide films on silicon-based semiconductor devices, oxide films on alloys, and surface layers affecting adhesion of paints or bonding materials.

  9. Graphene Membranes for Atmospheric Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Weatherup, Robert S; Eren, Baran; Hao, Yibo; Bluhm, Hendrik; Salmeron, Miquel B

    2016-05-05

    Atmospheric pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is demonstrated using single-layer graphene membranes as photoelectron-transparent barriers that sustain pressure differences in excess of 6 orders of magnitude. The graphene serves as a support for catalyst nanoparticles under atmospheric pressure reaction conditions (up to 1.5 bar), where XPS allows the oxidation state of Cu nanoparticles and gas phase species to be simultaneously probed. We thereby observe that the Cu(2+) oxidation state is stable in O2 (1 bar) but is spontaneously reduced under vacuum. We further demonstrate the detection of various gas-phase species (Ar, CO, CO2, N2, O2) in the pressure range 10-1500 mbar including species with low photoionization cross sections (He, H2). Pressure-dependent changes in the apparent binding energies of gas-phase species are observed, attributable to changes in work function of the metal-coated grids supporting the graphene. We expect atmospheric pressure XPS based on this graphene membrane approach to be a valuable tool for studying nanoparticle catalysis.

  10. Photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular clusters

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    Zhang, Xu; Pitts, Jonathan; Zheng, Chaowen; Knee, Joseph L.

    1995-09-01

    High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy is applied to the study of molecular clusters. The primary species studied are fluorene-Arn complexes. Spectroscopy of the neutral S1 state has been performed on clusters as large as n equals 30. In order to study the photoelectron spectra of the clusters size selectively mass analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) is used which is a mass resolved version of the ZEKE technique. MATI spectroscopy has been applied to clusters up to n equals 5. The spectral shifts in the S1 origin and ion threshold are used as a measure of the relative stability of the different clusters. Using previous experimental and theoretical work on related clusters the structures of the clusters are inferred from the observed spectral shifts. In some cases multiple conformations of a particular cluster size are identified.

  11. Evaluation of Two Methods for Determining Shell Thicknesses of Core-Shell Nanoparticles by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Powell, C J; Werner, W S M; Shard, A G; Castner, D G

    2016-10-06

    We evaluated two methods for determining shell thicknesses of core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). One of these methods had been developed for determining thicknesses of films on a planar substrate while the other was developed specifically for NPs. Our evaluations were based on simulated Cu 2p3/2 spectra from Cu-core/Cu-shell NPs with a wide range of core diameters and shell thicknesses. Copper was chosen for our tests because elastic-scattering effects for Cu 2p3/2 photoelectrons excited by Al Kα X-rays are known to be strong. Elastic scattering could also be switched off in our simulations so that the two methods could be evaluated in the limit of no elastic scattering. We found that the first method, based on both core and shell photoelectron intensities, was unsatisfactory for all conditions. The second method, based on an empirical equation for NPs developed by Shard, also utilized both core and shell photoelectron intensities and was found to be satisfactory for all conditions. The average deviation between shell thicknesses derived from the Shard equation and the true values was -4.1 % when elastic scattering was switched on and -2.2 % when elastic scattering was switched off. If elastic scattering was switched on, the effective attenuation length for a Cu film on a planar substrate was the appropriate length parameter while the inelastic mean free path was the appropriate parameter when elastic scattering was switched off.

  12. Sputter-induced erosion of alkali metal surfaces - AES, XPS and SIMS studies

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    Krauss, A.R.

    1982-01-01

    This paper will discuss the manner in which the techniques of Auger-electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray-photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and ion-scattering spectroscopy (ISS) may be used to study the use of high secondary-ion-yield surfaces as a means of reducing plasma-impurity influx in magnetic-confinement fusion devices.

  13. Negative ion photoelectron spectra of ISO3-, IS2O3-, and IS2O4- intermediates formed in interfacial reactions of ozone and iodide/sulfite aqueous microdroplets

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    Qin, Zhengbo; Hou, Gao-Lei; Yang, Zheng; Valiev, Marat; Wang, Xue-Bin

    2016-12-01

    Three short-lived, anionic intermediates, ISO3-, IS2O3-, and IS2O4-, are detected during reactions between ozone and aqueous iodine/sulfur oxide microdroplets. These species may play an important role in ozone-driven inorganic aerosol formation; however their chemical properties remain largely unknown. This is the issue addressed in this work using negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) and ab initio modeling. The NIPE spectra reveal that all of the three anionic species are characterized by high adiabatic detachment energies (ADEs) - 4.62 ± 0.10, 4.52 ± 0.10, and 4.60 ± 0.10 eV for ISO3-, IS2O3-, and IS2O4-, respectively. Vibrational progressions with frequencies assigned to the S-O symmetric stretching modes are discernable in the ground state transition features. Density functional theory calculations show the presence of several low-lying isomers involving different bonding scenarios. Further analysis based on high level CCSD(T) calculations reveal that the lowest energy structures are characterized by the formation of I-S and S-S bonds and can be structurally viewed as SO3 linked with I, IS, and ISO for ISO3-, IS2O3-, and IS2O4-, respectively. The calculated ADEs and vertical detachment energies are in excellent agreement with the experimental results, further supporting the identified minimum energy structures. The obtained intrinsic molecular properties of these anionic intermediates and neutral radicals should be useful to help understand their photochemical reactions in the atmosphere.

  14. XPS study of surface state of novel perovskite system Dy0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ as cathode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kautkar, Pranay R.; Acharya, Smita A.; Tumram, Priya V.; Deshpande, U. P.

    2016-05-01

    In the present attempt,novel perovskite oxide Dy0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (DSCF) as cathode material has been synthesized by an Ethylene glycol-citrate combined sol-gel combustion route. Orthorhombic symmetry structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and data is well fitted using Rietveld refinement by Full-Prof software suite. Chemical natureof surface of DSCF has been analyzed by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS result shows that Dy ions are in +3 oxidation state and Sr in +2 states. However Co2p and Fe2p spectra indicates partial change in oxidation state from Co3+/Fe3+ to Co4+/Fe4+. These attribute to develop active sites on the surface for oxygen ions. O1s XPS spectra shows two oxygen peaks relatedto lattice oxygen in perovskite and absorbed oxygen in oxygen vacancy are detected. O1s spectra demonstrate the existence of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of DSCF oxide which is quite beneficial for intermediate temperature of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell.

  15. Morphology and Chemical Composition of soot particles emitted by Wood-burning Cook-Stoves: a HRTEM, XPS and Elastic backscattering Studies.

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    Carabali-Sandoval, G. A., Sr.; Castro, T.; Peralta, O.; De la Cruz, W.; Días, J.; Amelines, O.; Rivera-Hernández, M.; Varela, A.; Muñoz-Muñoz, F.; Policroniades, R.; Murillo, G.; Moreno, E.

    2014-12-01

    The morphology, microstructure and the chemical composition on surface of soot particles were studied by using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and elastic backscattering spectrometry. In order to obtain freshly soot particles emitted by home-made wood-burning cook stoves, copper grids for Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) were placed on the last two of an 8-stages MOUDI cascade impactor. The analysis of HRTEM micrographs revealed the nanostructure and the particle size of soot particles. The XPS survey spectra show a large carbon peak around 285 eV and the oxygen signal at 533 eV. Some differences observed in the carbon/oxygen (C/O) ratio of the particles probably depend on the combustion process efficiency of each cook-stove analyzed. The C-1s XPS spectra show an asymmetric broad peak and other with low intensity that corresponds to sp2 and sp3hybridization, which were fitted with a convolution using Gaussian functions. Elastic backscattering technique allows a chemical elemental analysis of samples and confirms the presence of C, O and Si observed by XPS. Additionally, the morphological properties of soot aggregates were analyzed calculating the border-based fractal dimension (Df). Particles exhibit complex shapes with high values of Df. Also, real-time absorption (σabs) and scattering (σsct) coefficients of fine (with aerodynamic diameter < 2.5 µm) soot particles were measured. The trend in σabs and σsct indicate that the cooking process has two important combustion stages which varied in its flaming strength, being vigorous in the first stage and soft in the second one.

  16. In-situ observation of self-cleansing phenomena during ultra-high vacuum anneal of transition metal nitride thin films: Prospects for non-destructive photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Greczynski, G.; Hultman, L.

    2016-11-01

    Self-cleansing of transition metal nitrides is discovered to take place during ultra-high vacuum annealing of TiN, NbN, and VN thin films. Native oxide layers from air exposure disappear after isothermal anneal at 1000 °C. Also, for TiN, the Ti 2p and N 1s X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) recorded after the anneal are identical to those obtained from in-situ grown and analyzed epitaxial TiN(001). These unexpected effects are explained by oxide decomposition in combination with N-replenishing of the nitride during recrystallization. The finding opens up new possibilities for true bonding assignments through non-destructive XPS analyses, thus avoiding artefacts from Ar etching.

  17. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of a nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor barrier material

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Hunt, B. D.; Foote, M. C.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    A film of a novel nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) barrier material was grown using conditions similar to those reported by Agostinelli et al. (1991) for forming a cubic semiconducting (c-YBCO) phase, and the material was characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A comparison of the XPS spectra of this material to those obtained from the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases of YBCO (o-YBCO and t-YBCO, respectively) showed that the barrier material had spectral characteristics different from those of o-YBCO and t-YBCO, particularly in the O 1s region. Features associated with the Cu-O chain and surface-reconstructed Cu-O planes were absent, consistent with expectations for the simple perovskite crystal structure of c-YBCO proposed by Agostinelli et al.

  18. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of a nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor barrier material

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Hunt, B. D.; Foote, M. C.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    A film of a novel nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) barrier material was grown using conditions similar to those reported by Agostinelli et al. (1991) for forming a cubic semiconducting (c-YBCO) phase, and the material was characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A comparison of the XPS spectra of this material to those obtained from the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases of YBCO (o-YBCO and t-YBCO, respectively) showed that the barrier material had spectral characteristics different from those of o-YBCO and t-YBCO, particularly in the O 1s region. Features associated with the Cu-O chain and surface-reconstructed Cu-O planes were absent, consistent with expectations for the simple perovskite crystal structure of c-YBCO proposed by Agostinelli et al.

  19. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy- and surface plasmon resonance-detected photo release of photolabile protecting groups from nucleoside self-assembled monolayers on gold surfaces.

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    Drexler, Katja; Smirnova, Julia; Galetskaya, Marina; Voss, Sönke; Fonin, Mikhail; Boneberg, Johannes; Rüdiger, Ulrich; Leiderer, Paul; Steiner, Ulrich E

    2009-09-15

    The formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold by 2-(5-iodo-2-nitrophenyl) propoxycarbonyl (I-NPPOC)-protected thymidine with an attached mercaptohexyl succinate linker and the kinetics of photochemical release of the I-NPPOC group were monitored using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) detection. In the XPS spectra, the iodine peaks allowed for specific and accurate monitoring of the presence and loss of I-NPPOC groups on the surface. In the SPR experiment, the overall signal change on photoillumination is in accord with a theoretical estimation of the density of I-NPPOC groups in a dense monolayer. The kinetics roughly follow a biexponential time dependence with two very different time constants, corresponding to photochemical quantum yields of 0.22 and 0.0032, respectively.

  20. XPS studies and photocurrent applications of alkali-metals-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible illumination conditions

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    Saáedi, Abdolhossein; Yousefi, Ramin; Jamali-Sheini, Farid; Zak, Ali Khorsand; Cheraghizade, Mohsen; Mahmoudian, M. R.; Baghchesara, Mohammad Amin; Dezaki, Abbas Shirmardi

    2016-05-01

    The present work is a study about a relationship between X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) results and photocurrent intensity of alkali-metals-elements doped ZnO nanoparticles, which is carried out under visible illumination conditions. The nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple sol-gel method. Structure and morphology studies of the NPs were carried out by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of doping on the optical band-gap was investigated by using UV-visible spectrometer. The absorption peak of the doped ZnO NPs was red-shifted with respect to that of the undoped ZnO NPs. After that, the photocurrent application of the products was examined under a white light source at 2 V bias. The photocurrent results showed that, the current intensity of the ZnO NPs was increased by doping materials. However, K-doped ZnO NPs showed the highest photocurrent intensity. Finally, a discussion was carried out about the obtained photocurrent results by the O-1s spectra of the XPS of the samples. Our results suggest that the alkali-metals-doped ZnO NPs exhibit considerable promise for highly sensitive visible-light photodetectors.

  1. Differentiation of Calcium Carbonate Polymorphs by Surface Analysis Techniques – An XPS and TOF-SIMS study

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    Ni, Ming; Ratner, Buddy D.

    2013-01-01

    Calcium carbonate has evoked interest owing to its use as a biomaterial, and for its potential in biomineralization. Three polymorphs of calcium carbonate, i.e. calcite, aragonite, and vaterite were synthesized. Three conventional bulk analysis techniques, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and SEM, were used to confirm the crystal phase of each polymorphic calcium carbonate. Two surface analysis techniques, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS), were used to differentiate the surfaces of these three polymorphs of calcium carbonate. XPS results clearly demonstrate that the surfaces of these three polymorphs are different as seen in the Ca(2p) and O(1s) core-level spectra. The different atomic arrangement in the crystal lattice, which provides for a different chemical environment, can explain this surface difference. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to analyze the TOF-SIMS data. Three polymorphs of calcium carbonate cluster into three different groups by PCA scores. This suggests that surface analysis techniques are as powerful as conventional bulk analysis to discriminate calcium carbonate polymorphs. PMID:25031482

  2. Investigation of mussel adhesive protein adsorption on polystyrene and poly(octadecyl methacrylate) using angle dependent XPS, ATR-FTIR, and AFM

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    Baty, A.M.; Suci, P.A.; Tyler, B.J.; Geesey, G.G.

    1996-02-10

    Despite many years of research effort, the molecular interactions that are responsible for microbial adhesion and fouling of surfaces remain obscure. An understanding of these interactions would contribute to the development of surfaces that resist colonization of microorganisms. The irreversible adsorption of mussel adhesive proteins (MAP) from the marine mussel Mytilus edulis has been investigated on polystyrene (PS) and poly(octadecyl methacrylate) (POMA) surfaces using angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectrometry, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Angle resolved XPS was used to quantify the elemental composition with depth of the upper 90 {angstrom} of the surface, and AFM was used to obtain the surface topography. The adsorption pattern of MAP, revealed by AFM images, is distinctly different on the two polymer surfaces and suggests that the substratum influences protein adhesion. The depth profiles of MAP, obtained from angle resolved XPS, show differences in nitrogen composition with depth for MAP adsorbed to PS and POMA. Infrared spectra of hydrated adsorbed MAP revealed significant differences in the amide III region and in two bands which may originate from residues in the tandemly repeated sequences of MAP. This data demonstrates that the chemistry of the polymer film that is present at the protein-polymer interface can influence protein-protein and protein-surface interactions.

  3. High-Resolution Photoelectron and Photoionization Spectroscopy

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    Merkt, F.

    2012-06-01

    Since its development in the late 1950s and early 1960s, photoelectron spectroscopy has established itself as an important method to study the electronic structure of molecules, their photoionization dynamics, and the structure and dynamics of molecular cations. In recent years, and particularly since the development of pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy (PFI-ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy, considerable progress has been made in the resolution that can be achieved by photoelectron spectroscopy. This progress relies on the systematic exploitation of the unusual physical properties of high Rydberg states and enables one today to resolve the rotational structure in the photoelectron spectra of even large molecules and the hyperfine structure in the photoelectron spectra of small molecules. This talk will begin with a brief historical review of photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, the relationship between photoelectron spectroscopy, photoionization spectroscopy and the spectroscopy of high Rydberg states will be discussed. It will be explained how this relationship is currently exploited to improve the resolution achievable by PFI-ZEKE photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, the physical principles that are at the heart of the latest methods related to high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy will be described together with their fundamental limitations. Depending on the resolution and the spectral range needed to address a specific scientific problem, a choice can be made between several different methods with spectral resolutions ranging from 30 GHz to better than 1 MHz. The talk will summarize the current state of the art in gas-phase photoelectron spectroscopy and be illustrated by several examples, primarily taken from the research in my group, in which photoelectron spectroscopy has contributed to answer questions concerning the structure and dynamics of small-sized molecular cations. F. I. Vilesov, B. C. Kurbatov, and N. Terrenin, Soviet Phys. (Doklady) 6

  4. [XPS and Raman spectral analysis of nitrogenated tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C : N) films with different nitrogen content].

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    Chen, Wang-Shou; Zhu, Jia-Qi; Han, Jie-Cai; Tian, Gui; Tan, Man-Lin

    2009-01-01

    Nitrogenated tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C : N) films were prepared on the polished C--Si substrates by introducing highly pure nitrogen gas into the cathode region and the depositing chamber synchronously using filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technology. The nitrogen content in the films was controlled by changing the flow rate of nitrogen gas. The configuration of ta-C : N films was investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and visible Raman spectroscopy. It was shown that the nitrogen content in the films increased from 0.84 at% to 5.37 at% monotonously when the nitrogen flow rate was varied from 2 seem to 20 sccm. The peak position of C (1s) core level moved towards higher binding energy with the increase in nitrogen content. The shift of C (1s) peak position could be ascribed to the chemical bonding between carbon and nitrogen atoms even though more three-fold coordinated sp2 configuration as in graphite was formed when the films were doped with more nitrogen atoms. Additionally, the half width of C(1s) peak gradually was also broadened with increasing nitrogen content. In order to discover clearly the changing regularities of the microstructure of the films, the XPS C(1s) spectra and Raman spectra were deconvoluted using a Gaussian-Lorentzian mixed lineshape. It was shown that the tetrahedral hybridization component was still dominant even though the ratio of sp2/sp3 obtained from C(1s) spectra rose with the increase in nitrogen content. The Raman measurements demonstrated that the G peak position shifted towards higher frequency from 1,561 to 1,578 cm(-1) and the ratio of ID/IG also rose with the increase in nitrogen content. Both results indicated that the graphitizing tendency could occur with the increase in nitrogen content in the films.

  5. Atomic photoelectron-spectroscopy studies using synchrotron radiation

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    Kobrin, P.H.

    1983-02-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy combined with tunable synchrotron radiation has been used to study the photoionization process in several atomic systems. The time structure of the synchrotron radiation source at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) was used to record time-of-flight (TOF) photoelectron spectra of gaseous Cd, Hg, Ne, Ar, Ba, and Mn. The use of two TOF analyzers made possible the measurement of photoelectron angular distributions as well as branching ratios and partial cross sections.

  6. Final-state effect on X-ray photoelectron spectrum of n-doped SrTiO3

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander; Demkov Team

    2015-03-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a widely used technique to determine the oxidation states of chemical elements. In stoichiometric SrTiO3, the Ti4+ peak appears at a binding energy of about 459.0 eV for photoelectrons ejected from the Ti 2 p core level. In lightly n-doped SrTiO3, a weak shoulder at a binding energy of about 1.5 eV lower than the Ti4+ peak appears in the XPS spectrum that has been conventionally interpreted as a Ti3+ signal. By taking the final-state effect into account, i.e. by considering the response of the valence electrons in the presence of a core hole, we argue that such a Ti3+ peak does not necessarily imply the existence of spatially localized Ti3+ ions, and explicitly show that a spatially uniform Ti(4 - x) + distribution also leads to the multi-peak structure. Spectra from metallic n-doped SrTiO3 (e.g. La replacing Sr, Nb replacing Ti, or even oxygen vacancy doping) should be interpreted as the latter case. Several experiments based on this interpretation are discussed. Support for this work was provided through Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program funded by U.S. DOE, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Basic Energy Sciences under award number DESC0008877.

  7. XPS investigations of tribofilms formed on CrN coatings

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    Mandrino, Djordje; Podgornik, Bojan

    2017-02-01

    Action of lubrication additives in the case of uncoated steel surfaces, including the type and mechanism of tribofilm formation is well known and understood. However, contact type of tribofilms which might form under the tribological contact between CrN coated surfaces, remains more or less unexplored. The aim of this investigation was to study the type of tribofilms formed on the CrN coated steel samples subjected to lubricated reciprocating sliding contact under different contact conditions Contact surface and tribofilms formed were studied by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Sample surfaces were first imaged by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to determine areas of tribofilm formation as well as areas not affected by tribological contact. In these areas survey and high resolution (HR) XPS measurements were performed to obtain information about surface chemistry and oxidation states of the constituent elements. It was found that differences between different samples, observed by the XPS measurements, may reflect differences in chemistry of tribofilms formed under different contact conditions.

  8. Amino acid-based ionic liquids: using XPS to probe the electronic environment via binding energies.

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    Hurisso, Bitu Birru; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Licence, Peter

    2011-10-21

    Here we report the synthesis and characterisation by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of eight high purity amino acid-based ionic liquids (AAILs), each containing the 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium, [C(8)C(1)Im](+), as a standard reference cation. All expected elements were observed and the electronic environments of these elements identified. A fitting model for the carbon 1s region of the AAILs is reported; the C aliphatic component of the cation was used as an internal reference to obtain a series of accurate and reproducible binding energies. Comparisons are made between XP spectra of the eight AAILs and selected non-functionalised ionic liquids. 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate was also studied as a model of the carboxyl containing amino acid anion. The influence of anionic substituent groups on the measured binding energies of all elements is presented, and communication between anion and cation is investigated. This data is interpreted in terms of hard and soft anions and compared to the Kamlet-Taft hydrogen bond acceptor ability, β, for the ionic liquids. A linear correlation is presented which suggests that the functional side chain, or R group, of the amino acid has little impact upon the electronic environment of the charge-bearing moieties within the anions and cations studied.

  9. CO adsorption on Ce-Pt(111) studied with LEED, XPS, and temperature programmed desorption

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    Vermang, B.; Juel, M.; Raaen, S.

    2006-01-15

    CO adsorption on Ce-Pt(111) has been studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thin layers (1 to 3 ML) of Ce on Pt(111) form upon annealing to 1000 K a surface alloy which most likely is Pt terminated. The CO overlayer structure on Ce-Pt(111) at saturation coverage is argued to be an intermediate between (2x2) and c(4x2) superstructures. This intermediate structure exhibits a c(4x2) LEED pattern in which some of the spots appear together as ordered triangles. The thermal desorption spectra for the Ce-Pt(111) surface alloy are shifted down by a temperature of about 120 K compared to the CO desorption of pure Pt(111), most likely due to a change in the d-band due to hybridization between Ce and Pt states, which results in a weakening of the resonant interaction between CO 5{sigma} and Pt 5d states.

  10. Surface degradation of α-naphthalene sulfonate-doped polypyrrole during XPS characterization

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    Ruangchuay, Ladawan; Schwank, Johannes; Sirivat, Anuvat

    2002-10-01

    The surface compositions of non-aging chemically synthesized polypyrrole samples doped with α-naphthalene sulfonate (PPy/α-NS -) were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The power of the X-ray source used was 300 W. Employing liquid nitrogen cooling of the sample holder, the spectra in the regions of C 1s, O 1s, N 1s and S 2p were found to be reproducible with a gradual change in S 2p spectrum when the accumulated X-ray exposure time was less than 1050 min. Beyond this accumulated X-ray exposure time, dramatic changes were observed in all spectral regions. The decreases in the amount of dopant and HSO 4- or SO 42- co-dopant species correspond to the decrease in the amount of polaron charge carrier species of PPy (NH rad +). We found increases in the amount of the imine-like nitrogen (N) and hydrocarbon, and the presence of new sulfur-containing species. These results suggested the deprotonation of the polaron by the dopant and the desulfonation of the protonated dopant. After desulfonation, these new sulfur-containing species were removed whereas the carbons of the naphthalene rings were still adhering to the surface of the PPy pellet. This degradation became more severe when the liquid nitrogen cooling system of the spectrometer was not used. The results indicate that the degradation was mainly induced by heat from the X-ray beam.

  11. X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopic study of plasma-nitrided SiO{sub 2} film

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    Song, H.J.; Shin, H.J.; Chung, Youngsu; Lee, J.C.; Lee, M.K.

    2005-06-01

    Plasma-nitrided SiO{sub 2} thin film has been analyzed by synchrotron-radiation-based x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopies (XAS and XPS). High-resolution N 1s XAS and N 1s, O 1s, and Si 2p XPS spectral changes were obtained for different annealing temperatures. N 1s XPS and XAS spectra show that at room temperature, besides the main species of N[Si(O-){sub 3-x}]{sub 3}, there exist free moleculelike N{sub 2} and HN[Si(O-){sub 3}]{sub 2}, H{sub 2}NSi(O-){sub 3}, and N-Si{sub 2}O species with surface contaminants. The spectral intensities of the N{sub 2} and the HN[Si(O-){sub 3}]{sub 2}, H{sub 2}NSi(O-){sub 3}, and N-Si{sub 2}O species decrease as the annealing temperature increases, and finally the nitrogen exists dominantly in the form of N[Si(O){sub 3}]{sub 3} species above 820 K, indicating out-diffusion of molecular N{sub 2} and structural reconstruction to form a stable structure upon annealing. The Si 2p and O 1s XPS spectra show that Si{sup >4+} 2p peak and O 1s peak appear at 103.7 and 534.0 eV, respectively, which are higher binding energies than those of thermally grown oxynitride films with lower coverage on silicon. Upon annealing the sample, these peaks shift towards lower binding energy; {approx}0.3 eV for Si{sup >4+} and 0.4 eV for O 1s. The causes of the peaks appearance at relatively higher binding energy and the peak shift upon annealing are discussed.

  12. The Electron-Phonon Interaction as Studied by Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    D.W. Lynch

    2004-09-30

    With recent advances in energy and angle resolution, the effects of electron-phonon interactions are manifest in many valence-band photoelectron spectra (PES) for states near the Fermi level in metals.

  13. Detecting Carbon in Carbon: Exploiting Differential Charging to Obtain Information on the Chemical Identity and Spatial Location of Carbon Nanotube Aggregates in Composites by Imaging X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Gorham, Justin M.; Osborn, William A.; Woodcock, Jeremiah W.; Scott, Keana C. K.; Heddleston, John M.; Walker, Angela R. Hight; Gilman, Jeffrey W

    2016-01-01

    To better assess risks associated with nano-enabled products including multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) within polymer matrices, it is important to understand how MWCNT are dispersed throughout the composite. The current study presents a method which employs imaging X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to chemically detect spatially segregated MWCNT rich regions at an epoxy composites surface by exploiting differential charging. MWCNT do not charge due to high conductivity and have previously been shown to energetically separate from their insulating surroundings when characterized by XPS. XPS in imaging mode revealed that these conductive regions were spatially separated due to micrometer-scale MWCNT aggregation and poor dispersion during the formation of the composite. Three MWCNT concentrations were studied; (1, 4 and 5) % by mass MWCNT within an epoxy matrix. Images acquired in periodic energy intervals were processed using custom algorithms designed to efficiently extract spectra from regions of interest. As a result, chemical and electrical information on aggregate and non-aggregate portions of the composite was extracted. Raman imaging and scanning electron microscopy were employed as orthogonal techniques for validating this XPS-based methodology. Results demonstrate that XPS imaging of differentially charging MWCNT composite samples is an effective means for assessing dispersion quality. PMID:27765956

  14. Photoelectron spectroscopy of nitromethane anion clusters

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    Pruitt, Carrie Jo M.; Albury, Rachael M.; Goebbert, Daniel J.

    2016-08-01

    Nitromethane anion and nitromethane dimer, trimer, and hydrated cluster anions were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. Vertical detachment energies, estimated electron affinities, and solvation energies were obtained from the photoelectron spectra. Cluster structures were investigated using theoretical calculations. Predicted detachment energies agreed with experiment. Calculations show water binds to nitromethane anion through two hydrogen bonds. The dimer has a non-linear structure with a single ionic Csbnd H⋯O hydrogen bond. The trimer has two different solvent interactions, but both involve the weak Csbnd H⋯O hydrogen bond.

  15. Comparing XPS and ToF-ERDA measurement of high-k dielectric materials

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    Martin, D. M.; Enlund, J.; Kappertz, O.; Jensen, J.

    2008-03-01

    Compositional analysis of aluminium oxy-nitride (AlON) films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering was performed using time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (ToF-ERDA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with sputter profiling. The composition profiles of the films depend on deposition conditions. The benefits of the different analytical methods are discussed and comparison of the profiles is performed. Conversion of the depth scale from XPS sputter time to a nm scale is implemented and the ToF-ERDA profile fitted. Densities of the deposited AlON films are calculated indicating differing film quality in agreement with the composition profile extracted.

  16. Surface Characterization of Polymer Blends by XPS and ToF-SIMS

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    Chan, Chi Ming; Weng, Lu-Tao

    2016-01-01

    The surface properties of polymer blends are important for many industrial applications. The physical and chemical properties at the surface of polymer blends can be drastically different from those in the bulk due to the surface segregation of the low surface energy component. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) have been widely used to characterize surface and bulk properties. This review provides a brief introduction to the principles of XPS and ToF-SIMS and their application to the study of the surface physical and chemical properties of polymer blends. PMID:28773777

  17. Investigating early stages of biocorrosion with XPS: AISI 304 stainless steel exposed to Burkholderia species

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    Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Saastamoinen, Tuomas

    1999-04-01

    We have investigated the interactions of an exopolymer-producing bacteria, Burkholderia sp. with polished AISI 304 stainless steel substrates using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Steel coupons were exposed to the pure bacteria culture in a specially designed flowcell for 6 h during which the experiment was monitored in situ with an optical microscope. XPS results verified the formation of biofilm containing extracellular polymer on all the samples exposed to bacteria. Sputter results indicated that some ions needed for metabolic processes were trapped within the biofilm. Changes in the relative Fe concentration and Fe 2p peak shape indicated that also iron had accumulated into the biofilm.

  18. Characterization of oxidized platinum surfaces by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Peuckert, M.; Bonzel, H. P.

    1984-09-01

    Various adlayers were grown on the (111) surface of a platinum crystal by four different oxidizing treatments. The resulting surface phases were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. According to the Pt 4f and O 1s XPS spectra, treatment in 0.1 MPa O 2 at 900 K yielded about two monolayers of PtO 2; anodic polarization in 0.5M H 2SO 4 acid electrolyte at 3 V versus standard hydrogen electrode gave a thick (> 5 nm) layer of Pt(OH) 4, while by polarization in 1M NaOH base electrolyte at 3 V versus Ag/AgCl reference electrode a thick film of an oxyhydroxide (approximately PtO(OH) 2) was formed. Etching in boiling conc. HNO 3 led to a thin layer of about 1 nm of a hydrated oxide, PtO 2 · xH 2O. Identification of the different surface phases was supported by comparative experiments with bulk PtO 2. The thermal stability of all compounds was investigated by heating the samples in ultrahigh vacuum. They all decomposed at about 400 K. Initially, not a pure metal phase was formed, but a mixed phase containing Pt metal and oxide, which was stable over a wide temperature range. No oxygen could be detected on the surface at 1070 K by XPS or Auger spectroscopy.

  19. Operando XPS Characterization of Selective Contacts: The Case of Molybdenum Oxide for Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Ding, Laura; Harvey, Stephen P.; Teeter, Glenn; Bertoni, Mariana I.

    2016-11-21

    We demonstrate the potential of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to characterize new carrier-selective contacts (CSC) for solar cell application. We show that XPS not only provides information about the surface chemical properties of the CSC material, but that operando XPS, i.e. under light bias condition, can also directly measure the photovoltage that develops at the CSC/absorber interface, revealing device relevant information without the need of assembling a full solar cell. We present the application of the technique to molybdenum oxide hole-selective contact films on a crystalline silicon absorber.

  20. Low-loaded Pd-Pb/{alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts: Indication of alloy formation from FTIR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Goetz, J.; Touroude, R.; Volpe, M.A.

    1997-04-15

    Bimetallic Pd-Pb/{alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts with low metal concentrations have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, H{sub 2} chemisorption, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The samples have been prepared by reaction of tetra-n-butyl lead with prereduced monometallic Pd catalysts. The characterization of the base Pd/{alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been described in a previous paper; it was found that particles having a large interaction with the support are formed when the Pd content is low. The addition of lead to monometallic Pd catalysts results in a decrease of hydrogen adsorption and important differences in IR spectra. Modification of XPS core level and Auger transitions of Pd were also observed, all results proving the formation of a Pd-Pb alloy. Analysis of Pb XPS spectra indicates that lead is present in two forms, namely Pb forming an alloy with Pd and Pb oxide located in the vicinity of Pd particles. Interaction between the metal particles and the support was not modified when adding Pb to the Pd particles. A model for the bimetallic particles is proposed where the penetration of Pb into the bulk of Pd is limited for particles having a large interaction with the support. 35 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  1. Photoelectron spectrometer for attosecond spectroscopy of liquids and gases

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    Jordan, I.; Huppert, M.; Wörner, H. J.; Brown, M. A.; Bokhoven, J. A. van

    2015-12-15

    A new apparatus for attosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of liquids and gases is described. It combines a liquid microjet source with a magnetic-bottle photoelectron spectrometer and an actively stabilized attosecond beamline. The photoelectron spectrometer permits venting and pumping of the interaction chamber without affecting the low pressure in the flight tube. This pressure separation has been realized through a sliding skimmer plate, which effectively seals the flight tube in its closed position and functions as a differential pumping stage in its open position. A high-harmonic photon spectrometer, attached to the photoelectron spectrometer, exit port is used to acquire photon spectra for calibration purposes. Attosecond pulse trains have been used to record photoelectron spectra of noble gases, water in the gas and liquid states as well as solvated species. RABBIT scans demonstrate the attosecond resolution of this setup.

  2. Photoelectron spectrometer for attosecond spectroscopy of liquids and gases

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    Jordan, I.; Huppert, M.; Brown, M. A.; van Bokhoven, J. A.; Wörner, H. J.

    2015-12-01

    A new apparatus for attosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of liquids and gases is described. It combines a liquid microjet source with a magnetic-bottle photoelectron spectrometer and an actively stabilized attosecond beamline. The photoelectron spectrometer permits venting and pumping of the interaction chamber without affecting the low pressure in the flight tube. This pressure separation has been realized through a sliding skimmer plate, which effectively seals the flight tube in its closed position and functions as a differential pumping stage in its open position. A high-harmonic photon spectrometer, attached to the photoelectron spectrometer, exit port is used to acquire photon spectra for calibration purposes. Attosecond pulse trains have been used to record photoelectron spectra of noble gases, water in the gas and liquid states as well as solvated species. RABBIT scans demonstrate the attosecond resolution of this setup.

  3. Photoelectron spectroscopy of boron aluminum hydride cluster anions

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    Wang, Haopeng; Zhang, Xinxing; Ko, Yeon Jae; Gantefoer, Gerd; Bowen, Kit H. E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Li, Xiang; Kiran, Boggavarapu E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Kandalam, Anil K.

    2014-04-28

    Boron aluminum hydride clusters are studied through a synergetic combination of anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory based calculations. Boron aluminum hydride cluster anions, B{sub x}Al{sub y}H{sub z}{sup −}, were generated in a pulsed arc cluster ionization source and identified by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. After mass selection, their photoelectron spectra were measured by a magnetic bottle-type electron energy analyzer. The resultant photoelectron spectra as well as calculations on a selected series of stoichiometries reveal significant geometrical changes upon substitution of aluminum atoms by boron atoms.

  4. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy under real ambient pressure conditions

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    Takagi, Yasumasa; Nakamura, Takahiro; Yu, Liwei; Chaveanghong, Suwilai; Sekizawa, Oki; Sakata, Tomohiro; Uruga, Tomoya; Tada, Mizuki; Iwasawa, Yasuhiro; Yokoyama, Toshihiko

    2017-07-01

    We have developed an ambient pressure hard-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic system equipped with a differential pumping system at BL36XU of SPring-8. Photoelectron spectra from a Au(111) surface were recorded using excitation light of 8 keV focused to 20 × 20 µm2 and adopting an aperture diameter of 30 µm at the entrance of the electron lens and a working distance of 60 µm. The Au 4f and 3d5/2 spectra were measured by increasing the ambient pressure from 1 Pa to atmospheric pressure and demonstrated that the instrument is capable of measuring the photoelectron spectrum under atmospheric pressure.

  5. Temperature-dependent electronic and vibrational structure of the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide room-temperature ionic liquid surface: a study with XPS, UPS, MIES, and HREELS.

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    Krischok, S; Eremtchenko, M; Himmerlich, M; Lorenz, P; Uhlig, J; Neumann, A; Ottking, R; Beenken, W J D; Höfft, O; Bahr, S; Kempter, V; Schaefer, J A

    2007-05-10

    The near-surface structure of the room-temperature ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide has been investigated as a function of temperature between 100 and 620 K. We used a combination of photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS and UPS), metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES), and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The valence band and HREELS spectra are interpreted on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. At room temperature, the most pronounced structures in the HREELS, UPS, and MIES spectra are related to the CF3 group in the anion. Spectral changes observed at 100 K are interpreted as a change of the molecular orientation at the outermost surface, when the temperature is lowered. At elevated temperatures, early volatilization, starting at 350 K, is observed under reduced pressure.

  6. Combined far infrared RAIRS and XPS studies of TiCl 4 adsorption and reaction on Mg films

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    Pilling, M. J.; Fonseca, A. Amieiro; Cousins, M. J.; Waugh, K. C.; Surman, M.; Gardner, P.

    2005-08-01

    In recent years there has been an increase in interest in the study of model Ziegler-Natta catalysts used for the polymerisation of ethene and propene. Particular attention has focused on catalysts consisting of TiCl 4 on activated MgCl 2 accompanied by a co-catalyst, usually triethylaluminium (AlEt 3). As part of a wider project on the characterisation of model Ziegler-Natta catalysts we have investigated the interaction of TiCl 4 with metallic Mg films grown on a Au surface using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and far infrared reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy. Somewhat surprisingly, the infrared spectra show little variation as a function of exposure to TiCl 4. A very broad asymmetric vibrational band grows in with maximum intensity at 382 cm -1. Three prominent low frequency shoulders are observed at approximately 360, 320, and 260 cm -1. For monolayer coverages of Mg the main band at 382 cm -1 is narrower, less asymmetric and accompanied by a prominent shoulder at 398 cm -1, which increases with increasing exposure to TiCl 4. TiCl 4 exposure in the presence of 5 × 10 -8 Torr of ethyl benzoate results in a change in line shape with low frequency broadening and a small shift in the frequency of the band. These spectra are discussed in the light of the possible constituent species making up the surface layer.

  7. Structural environment of uranium (VI) and europium (III) species sorbed onto phosphate surfaces: XPS and optical spectroscopy studies

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    Drot, R.; Simoni, E.; Alnot, M.; Ehrhardt, J.J.

    1998-09-15

    In order to characterize the structure of the surface complexes formed by interaction between uranyl and europium (III) ions and the surface of solid matrices, optical and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies experiments on uranyl/europium loaded phosphate solids have been performed. The use of complimentary spectroscopic techniques allows an identification of the sorption mechanism and a structural characterization of the sorption sites and the sorbed species on phosphate surfaces. The samples were prepared from aqueous uranyl or europium solutions in the pH range from 1.5 to 6.0. The surface coverage was varied from 1 to 40% of a monolayer. The differences between the emission spectra of europium ions either sorbed on the surface of phosphate samples or doped inside the solid unambiguously indicates that these sorbed ions are exclusively located on the surface and that they do not migrate inside the matrix, which shows clearly that surface complexation is involved during the sorption process. The XPS spectrum of uranyl ions sorbed on zirconium diphosphate exhibits only one component, while the spectrum corresponding to uranium on thorium matrix shows two different unresolved peaks attributed to two different chemical environments. These results, corroborated by the uranyl emission spectra and the associated decay times and those obtained by optical spectroscopy of europium sorbed on the same solids, have been interpreted in terms of two sorption sites probably formed by the oxygens of the PO{sub 4} and P{sub 2}O{sub 7} surface groups.

  8. Al capping layers for nondestructive x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses of transition-metal nitride thin films

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    Greczynski, Grzegorz Hultman, Lars; Petrov, Ivan; Greene, J. E.

    2015-09-15

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) compositional analyses of materials that have been air exposed typically require ion etching in order to remove contaminated surface layers. However, the etching step can lead to changes in sample surface and near-surface compositions due to preferential elemental sputter ejection and forward recoil implantation; this is a particular problem for metal/gas compounds and alloys such as nitrides and oxides. Here, the authors use TiN as a model system and compare XPS analysis results from three sets of polycrystalline TiN/Si(001) films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering in a separate vacuum chamber. The films are either (1) air-exposed for ≤10 min prior to insertion into the ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) XPS system; (2) air-exposed and subject to ion etching, using different ion energies and beam incidence angles, in the XPS chamber prior to analysis; or (3) Al-capped in-situ in the deposition system prior to air-exposure and loading into the XPS instrument. The authors show that thin, 1.5–6.0 nm, Al capping layers provide effective barriers to oxidation and contamination of TiN surfaces, thus allowing nondestructive acquisition of high-resolution core-level spectra representative of clean samples, and, hence, correct bonding assignments. The Ti 2p and N 1s satellite features, which are sensitive to ion bombardment, exhibit high intensities comparable to those obtained from single-crystal TiN/MgO(001) films grown and analyzed in-situ in a UHV XPS system and there is no indication of Al/TiN interfacial reactions. XPS-determined N/Ti concentrations acquired from Al/TiN samples agree very well with Rutherford backscattering and elastic recoil analysis results while ion-etched air-exposed samples exhibit strong N loss due to preferential resputtering. The intensities and shapes of the Ti 2p and N 1s core level signals from Al/TiN/Si(001) samples do not change following long-term (up to 70 days) exposure to ambient conditions

  9. Characteristic differences in the X-ray photoelectron spectrum between B-DNA and M-DNA monolayers on gold.

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    Dinsmore, Michael J; Lee, Jeremy S

    2008-08-01

    Duplex DNA monolayers were self-assembled on gold through a disulfide linkage and both B- and M-DNA conformations were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The film thickness, density, elemental composition and ratios for samples were analyzed and compared. The DNA surface coverage, calculated from both XPS and electrochemical measurements, was approximately 1.2 x 10(13)molecules/cm(2) for B-DNA. All samples showed distinct peaks for C 1s, O 1s, N 1s, P 2p and S 2p as expected for a thiol-linked DNA. On addition of Zn(2+) to form M-DNA the C 1s, P 2p and S 2p showed only small changes while both the N 1s and O 1s spectra changed considerably. This result is consistent with Zn(2+) interacting with oxygen on the phosphate backbone as well as replacing the imino protons of thymine (T) and guanine (G) in M-DNA. Analysis of the Zn 2p spectra also demonstrated that the concentration of Zn(2+) present under M-DNA conditions is consistent with Zn(2+) binding to both the phosphate backbone as well as replacing the imino protons of T or G in each base pair. After the M-DNA monolayer is washed with a buffer containing only Na(+) the Zn(2+) bound to the phosphate backbone is removed while the Zn(2+) bound internally still remains.

  10. Samarium electrodeposited acetate and oxide thin films on stainless steel substrate characterized by XPS

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    Myhre, Kristian; Burns, Jonathan; Meyer, Harry; Sims, Nathan; Boll, Rose

    2016-06-01

    Characterization of a samarium thin film deposited on a stainless steel substrate using molecular electrodeposition was carried out using a Thermo Scientific K-Alpha X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. We studied two types of samarium electrodeposition samples, one as-deposited and one heated to 700 °C in an air flow. Survey scans include peaks coming from the stainless steel substrate, such as Fe and Cr. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) survey spectrum, Sm 3d, C 1s, and O 1s narrow scans are shown. It was determined that the heating process decomposed the deposited Sm acetate to Sm2O3 using XPS.

  11. Samarium electrodeposited acetate and oxide thin films on stainless steel substrate characterized by XPS

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    Myhre, Kristian; Burns, Jonathan; Meyer, Harry; Sims, Nathan; Boll, Rose

    2016-06-01

    Characterization of a samarium thin film deposited on a stainless steel substrate using molecular electrodeposition was carried out using a Thermo Scientific K-Alpha X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. We studied two types of samarium electrodeposition samples, one as-deposited and one heated to 700 °C in an air flow. Survey scans include peaks coming from the stainless steel substrate, such as Fe and Cr. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) survey spectrum, Sm 3d, C 1s, and O 1s narrow scans are shown. It was determined that the heating process decomposed the deposited Sm acetate to Sm2O3 using XPS.

  12. Angular resolved XPS applied to V 2O 5-based catalysts

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    Devriendt, K.; Poelman, H.; Fiermans, L.; Creten, G.; Froment, G. F.

    1996-05-01

    Two applications of angular dependent XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) experiments, performed with a Perkin Elmer Phi 5500 ESCA system in the framework of a monolayer catalyst research project, are illustrated. XPFS (X-ray photoelectron forward scattering) measurements were used to show the oxygen removal at the surface of catalytically reduced V 2O 5(001) pellets, in comparison with pure V 2O 5. ARXPS (angle resolved XPS) polar scans were taken from a model catalyst system (TiO 2 anatase supported V 2O 5 layers) in order to determine their components and the chemical state of the system. With the use of the statistical technique MLCFA (maximum likelihood common factor analysis), different overlapping components in the V and Ti photoemission peaks were separated, pointing towards the existence of a VTiO bonding at the {V2O5}/{TiO2} interface.

  13. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of Argon-Plasma-Treated Fluoropolymers

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    Golub, Morton A.; Lopata, Eugene S.; Finney, Lorie S.

    1994-01-01

    Films of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) and of a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether (approximately 49:1) copolymer (PFA) were exposed to a radio-frequency argon plasma and then examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The use of fluoropolymer films nearly free of surface hydrocarbon contamination as well as the use of a monochromatized X-ray source for XPS removed two factors contributing to conflicting reports on the effect of exposure time on the fluorine-to-carbon (F/C) and oxygen-to-carbon (O/C) ratios for several Ar-plasma-treated fluoropolymers. Contrary to literature indications, a common pattern was found for PTFE and PFA: a moderate decrease in F/C ratio (from 1.99 to 1.40, and from 1.97 to 1.57, respectively), together with a moderate increase in O/C ratio (from negligible to about 0.10, and from 0.012 to about O.10, respectively) at very short exposures, after which the F/C ratios remained essentially constant on prolonged exposures, while the O/C ratios for PTFE and PFA leveled off at 0.11 and 0.15, respectively. The XPS C(sub 1s), spectra for these polymers exposed to the Ar plasma for 20 min were similar and presented, besides a prominent peak at 292.0 eV (CF2,) and a minor peak at 294.0 or 294.1 eV (CF3), a composite band of four curve-resolved peaks (approximately 285-290 eV) representing various CH, CC, CO, CN, and CF functionalities.

  14. Silicon (100)/SiO2 by XPS

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    Jensen, David S.; Kanyal, Supriya S.; Madaan, Nitesh; Vail, Michael A.; Dadson, Andrew; Engelhard, Mark H.; Linford, Matthew R.

    2013-09-25

    Silicon (100) wafers are ubiquitous in microfabrication and, accordingly, their surface characteristics are important. Herein, we report the analysis of Si (100) via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) using monochromatic Al K radiation. Survey scans show that the material is primarily silicon and oxygen, and the Si 2p region shows two peaks that correspond to elemental silicon and silicon dioxide. Using these peaks the thickness of the native oxide (SiO2) was estimated using the equation of Strohmeier.1 The oxygen peak is symmetric. The material shows small amounts of carbon, fluorine, and nitrogen contamination. These silicon wafers are used as the base material for subsequent growth of templated carbon nanotubes.

  15. A combined QCM and XPS investigation of asphaltene adsorption on metal surfaces.

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    Rudrake, Amit; Karan, Kunal; Horton, J Hugh

    2009-04-01

    To investigate asphaltene-metal interactions, a combined quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of asphaltene adsorption on a gold surface was conducted. Adsorption experiments were conducted at 25 degrees C with solutions of asphaltenes in toluene at concentrations ranging from 50 to 1500 ppm. QCM measurements yielded information on the kinetics of adsorption and further assessment of the data allowed the estimation of equilibrium adsorption levels. XPS analysis of adsorbed and bulk asphaltene demonstrated the presence of carboxylic, thiophenic, sulfide, pyridinic and pyrrolic type functional groups. The intensity of the main carbon (C-H) peak was related to surface coverage of adsorbed asphaltene as a function of asphaltene concentration by a simple mathematical model. The mass adsorption data from the QCM experiments also allowed estimation of the surface coverage, which was compared to those from XPS analyses. Surface coverage estimates as a function of asphaltene concentration could be described by a Langmuir (type-I) isotherm. The free energy of asphaltene adsorption was estimated to be -26.8+/-0.1 and -27.3+/-0.1 kJ/mol from QCM and XPS data, respectively assuming asphaltene molar mass of 750 g/gmol. QCM and XPS data was also analyzed to estimate adsorbed layer thickness after accounting for surface coverage. The thickness of the adsorbed asphaltene estimated from both XPS and QCM data analyses ranged from 6-8 nm over the entire range of adsorption concentrations investigated.

  16. Determination of the radiation resistance order of high explosives by the two dimensional correlation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Sui, Heliang; Hao, Xiaofei; Luo, Yiwei; Xu, Jinjiang; Zhong, Fachun; Xu, Ruijuan

    2017-09-01

    Two-dimensional X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (2DXPS) was employed to obtain the radiation resistance order of high explosives. Mixed hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) and 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) were irradiated by X-ray radiation. The time-dependent N1s XPS spectra were collected. 2DXPS was used to analyze the variation of the binding energy peaks. The main degradation time of TATB was longer than that of CL-20. CL-20 changes occurred prior to that of TATB during radiation. These changes suggest that TATB exhibited higher radiation resistance property than CL-20. 2DXPS is a very useful method to distinguish the radiation resistance orders of materials.

  17. Solar Absorber Cu2ZnSnS4 and its Parent Multilayers ZnS/SnS2/Cu2S Synthesized by Atomic Layer Deposition and Analyzed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Zinovev, Alexander V.; Baryshev, Sergey V.; Riha, Shannon C.

    2015-01-01

    Presented here are results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) on multilayers of metal-sulfide binaries ZnS, SnS2, and Cu2S grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on Si substrates, and of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) formed upon 450 °C annealing of the parent multilayer ZnS/SnS2/Cu2S. Survey and detailed spectral analysis of the multilayer ZnS/SnS2/Cu2S are presented step-wise, as each layer was sequentially added by ALD. The set of data is finalized with spectra of the resulting alloy CZTS. XPS analyses indicate significant mixing between SnS2 and Cu2S, which favors CZTS formation within the ALD approach.

  18. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Substituted Phenylnitrenes

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    Wijeratne, Neloni R.; Fonte, Maria Da; Wenthold, Paul G.

    2009-06-01

    Nitrenes are unusual molecular structures with unfilled electronic valences that are isoelectronic with carbenes. Although, both can be generated by either thermal or photochemical decomposition of appropriate precursors they usually exhibit different reactivities. In this work, we carry out spectroscopic studies of substituted phenylnitrene to determine how the introduction of substituents will affect the reactivity and its thermochemical properties. All studies were carried out by using the newly constructed time-of-flight negative ion photoelectron spectrometer (NIPES) at Purdue University. The 355 nm photoelectron spectra of the o-, m-, and p-chlorophenyl nitrene anions are fairly similar to that measured for phenylnitrene anion. All spectra show low energy triplet state and a high energy singlet state. The singlet state for the meta isomer is well-resolved, with a well defined origin and observable vibrational structure. Whereas the singlet states for the ortho and para isomers have lower energy onsets and no resolved structure. The isomeric dependence suggests that the geometry differences result from the resonance interaction between the nitrogen and the substituent. Quinoidal resonance structures are possible for the open-shell singlet states of the o- and p-chlorinated phenyl nitrenes. The advantages of this type of electronic structures for the open-shell singlet states is that the unpaired electrons can be more localized on separate atoms in the molecules, minimizing the repulsion between. Because the meta position is not in resonance with the nitrenes, substitution at that position should not affect the structure of the open-shell singlet state. The measured electron affinities (EA) of the triplet phenylnitrenes are in excellent agreement with the values predicted by electronic structure calculations. The largest EA, 1.82 eV is found for the meta isomer, with para being the smallest, 1.70 eV.

  19. Photoelectron spectroscopy of supersonic molecular beams

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    Pollard, J.E.

    1982-05-01

    A new technique for performing high resolution molecular photoelectron spectroscopy is described, beginning with its conceptual development, through the construction of a prototypal apparatus, to the initial applications on a particularly favorable molecular system. The distinguishing features of this technique are: (1) the introduction of the sample in the form of a collimated supersonic molecular beam; and (2) the use of an electrostatic deflection energy analyzer which is carefully optimized in terms of sensitivity and resolution. This combination makes it possible to obtain photoelectron spectra at a new level of detail for many small molecules. Three experiments are described which rely on the capability to perform rotationally-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy on the hydrogen molecule and its isotopes. The first is a measurement of the ionic vibrational and rotational spectroscopic constants and the vibrationally-selected photoionization cross sections. The second is a determination of the photoelectron asymmetry parameter, ..beta.., for selected rotational transitions. The third is an investigation of the rotational relaxation in a free jet expansion, using photoelectron spectroscopy as a probe of the rotational state population distributions. In the closing chapter an assessment is made of the successes and limitations of the technique, and an indication is given of areas for further improvement in future spectrometers.

  20. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of γ-ray-irradiated single-stranded DNA

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    Lee, Eunmo; Hong, W.; Han, J. H.; Choi, D. M.; Lee, Cheol Eui; Kim, H. D.; Kim, J.

    2015-07-01

    The effects of γ-ray irradiation on herring sperm single-stranded DNA have been studied by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in the view of the bonding configurations and the structural modifications. The significant changes in the hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous bonding energies, as revealed by the XPS analysis, indicate that electron transfers result in the creation of radicals and in DNA strand breaks.

  1. Compact, Integrated Photoelectron Linacs

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    Yu, David

    2000-12-01

    The innovative compact high energy iniector which has been developed by DULY Research Inc., will have wide scientific industrial and medical applications. The new photoelectron injector integrates the photocathode directly into a multicell linear accelerator with no drift space between the injector and the linac. By focusing the beam with solenoid or permanent magnets, and producing high current with low emittance, extremely high brightness is achieved. In addition to providing a small footprint and improved beam quality in an integrated structure, the compact system considerably simplifies external subsystems required to operate the photoelectron linac, including rf power transport, beam focusing, vacuum and cooling. The photoelectron linac employs an innovative Plane-Wave-Transformer (PWT) design, which provides strong cell-to-cell coupling, relaxes manufacturing tolerance and facilitates the attachment of external ports to the compact structure with minimal field interference. DULY Research Inc. under the support of the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has developed, constructed and installed a 20-MeV, S-band compact electron source at UCLA. DULY Research is also presently engaged in the development of an X-band photoelectron linear accelerator in another SBIR project. The higher frequency structure when completed will be approximately three times smaller, and capable of a beam brightness ten times higher than the S-band structure.

  2. XPS study of surface state of novel perovskite system Dy{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-δ} as cathode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kautkar, Pranay R.; Acharya, Smita A. Tumram, Priya V.; Deshpande, U. P.

    2016-05-06

    In the present attempt,novel perovskite oxide Dy{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3–δ} (DSCF) as cathode material has been synthesized by an Ethylene glycol-citrate combined sol-gel combustion route. Orthorhombic symmetry structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and data is well fitted using Rietveld refinement by Full-Prof software suite. Chemical natureof surface of DSCF has been analyzed by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS result shows that Dy ions are in +3 oxidation state and Sr in +2 states. However Co2p and Fe2p spectra indicates partial change in oxidation state from Co3+/Fe3+ to Co4+/Fe4+. These attribute to develop active sites on the surface for oxygen ions. O1s XPS spectra shows two oxygen peaks relatedto lattice oxygen in perovskite and absorbed oxygen in oxygen vacancy are detected. O1s spectra demonstrate the existence of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of DSCF oxide which is quite beneficial for intermediate temperature of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell.

  3. Copper Bronze Powder Surface Studied by XPS and HR SEM

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    Shvab, R.; Hryha, E.; Tahir, A. M.; Nyborg, L.

    2016-10-01

    The state of the powder surface represents one of the main interests in the whole cycle of components' production using powder metallurgy (PM) route. Large specific surface area of the powder in combination with often alloying with oxygen sensitive elements results in oxidation of the powder surface in most of the cases. The information about surface chemistry of the powder is of vital importance for further consolidation and sintering steps. Surface sensitive analytical techniques - X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (HR SEM+EDX) were used for surface chemical analysis of the 60Cu-40Sn bronze powder. Determination of the compositional profiles and estimation of the surface oxide layer thickness was done by altering of ion etching and XPS analysis. The results showed tin oxide enrichment and presence of copper hydroxide on the surface of the powder particles. The impurities of P, Zn and Ca were also detected on the top surface of the powder in trace amounts.

  4. Quantitative XPS analysis of silica-supported Cu Co oxides

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    Cesar, Deborah V.; Peréz, Carlos A.; Schmal, Martin; Salim, Vera Maria M.

    2000-04-01

    Copper-cobalt oxides with Cu/Co=5:5, 15:15 and 35:35 bulk ratio have been prepared by deposition-precipitation method at constant pH from copper and cobalt nitrate solutions. Different oxides were obtained by decomposition of the precursors at 673 K for 7 h in air and analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XRD data showed the formation of different oxide phases; for the bulk atomic ratio of 15Cu:15Co, a phase containing Cu and Co with spinel-like structure was observed, while the other bimetallic oxides presented CuO and Co 3O 4 as distinct phases. The XPS qualitative analysis has shown that all samples exhibited Cu 2+ and Co 3+ species at the surface. The Cu-Co spinel presented a displacement in Cu 2p binding energy value. A mathematical model was proposed from relative intensity ratios, which allowed the determination of the oxide particle thickness and the fraction of coverage at the support. This model described accurately the system and showed that cobalt improved the copper dispersion.

  5. Potential for carbon adsorption on concrete: surface XPS analyses.

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    Haselbach, Liv M; Ma, Shuguo

    2008-07-15

    The concrete industry is a contributor to the global carbon cycle particularly with respect to the contribution of carbon dioxide in the manufacturing of cement (calcination). The reverse reaction of carbonation is known to occur in concrete, but is usually limited to exterior surfaces exposed to carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. As alternate concrete uses expand which have more surface area, such as crushed concrete for recycling, it is important to understand surface adsorption of carbon dioxide and the positive impacts it might have on the carbon cycle. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used in this study to evaluate carbon species on hydrated cement mortar surfaces. Initial estimates for carbon absorption in concrete using othertechniques predictthe potential for carbonate species to be a fraction of the calcination stoichiometric equivalent The XPS results indicate that there is a rapid and substantial uptake of carbon dioxide on the surfaces of these mortars, sometimes exceeding the calcination stoichiometric equivalents, indicative of carbon dioxide surface complexation species. On pure calcite, the excess is on the order of 30%. This accelerated carbon dioxide surface adsorption phenomenon may be importantfor determining novel and effective carbon sequestration processes using recycled concrete.

  6. Angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of poly(vinylidene fluoride)/poly(N-dodecylacrylamide) Langmuir-Blodgett nanofilms

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    Zhu, Huie; Gao, Yu; Yamamoto, Shunsuke; Miyashita, Tokuji; Mitsuishi, Masaya

    2016-03-01

    Our earlier research prepared ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) homopolymer monolayers at the air-water interface using amphiphilic poly(N-dodecylacrylamide) (pDDA) nanosheets with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. However, the miscibility of solvent for PVDF with the water sub-phase in the Langmuir trough makes the film composition unclear in spite of the feeding ratio of \\text{PVDF}:\\text{pDDA} (50:1). In this study, angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR-XPS) was used to investigate the surface chemical composition and the depth profile of the PVDF/pDDA LB nanofilms. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra confirmed by the detection of fluorine atoms that PVDF molecules were deposited successfully onto the substrate. The constant chemical composition with increasing takeoff angle from 15 to 75° reflects a well-regular layer structure of the PVDF LB nanofilm. The mixing ratio of \\text{PVDF}:\\text{pDDA} is 33:1, which contributes 89.8 wt % PVDF and 10.2 wt % in the PVDF/pDDA LB nanofilms.

  7. Electronic and Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Toluene

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    Gardner, Adrian M.; Green, Alistair M.; Tame-Reyes, Victor; Wright, Timothy G.

    2012-06-01

    Electronic and photoelectron spectra of toluene are presented and discussed. The utilization of a recently reported scheme for assigning the normal vibrations of substituted benzenes allows these spectra to be compared to those of other molecules with unprecedented clarity. Changes in vibrational activity within a series of substituted benzene molecules will be discussed, specifically the increased rate of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution observed in molecules where the substituent is a methyl group. A. M. Gardner and T. G. Wright, J. Chem. Phys., 135, 114305 (2011)

  8. Properties of Manganese(III) Ferrocenyl-β-Diketonato Complexes Revealed by Charge Transfer and Multiplet Splitting in the Mn 2p and Fe 2p X-Ray Photoelectron Envelopes.

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    Buitendach, Blenerhassitt E; Erasmus, Elizabeth; Niemantsverdriet, J W Hans; Swarts, Jannie C

    2016-10-26

    A series of ferrocenyl-functionalized β-diketonato manganese(III) complexes, [Mn(FcCOCHCOR)₃] with R = CF₃, CH₃, Ph (phenyl) and Fc (ferrocenyl) was subjected to a systematic XPS study of the Mn 2p3/2 and Fe 2p3/2 core-level photoelectron lines and their satellite structures. A charge-transfer process from the β-diketonato ligand to the Mn(III) metal center is responsible for the prominent shake-up satellite peaks of the Mn 2p photoelectron lines and the shake-down satellite peaks of the Fe 2p photoelectron lines. Multiplet splitting simulations of the photoelectron lines of the Mn(III) center of [Mn(FcCOCHCOR)₃] resemble the calculated Mn 2p3/2 envelope of Mn(3+) ions well, indicating the Mn(III) centers are in the high spin state. XPS spectra of complexes with unsymmetrical β-diketonato ligands (i.e., R not Fc) were described with two sets of multiplet splitting peaks representing fac and the more stable mer isomers respectively. Stronger electron-donating ligands stabilize fac more than mer isomers. The sum of group electronegativities, ΣχR, of the β-diketonato pendant side groups influences the binding energies of the multiplet splitting and charge transfer peaks in both Mn and Fe 2p3/2 photoelectron lines, the ratio of satellite to main peak intensities, and the degree of covalence of the Mn-O bond.

  9. Photoelectrons observed in the polar wind

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    Kitamura, N.; Seki, K.; Nishimura, T.; Terada, N.; Ono, T.; Hori, T.; Strangeway, R. J.; McFadden, J. P.; Carlson, C. W.

    2011-12-01

    We have statistically examined photoelectron spectra in the polar cap obtained by the electron spectrometer aboard the Fast Auroral SnapshoT (FAST) satellite at about 3800 km altitude during geomagnetically quiet periods at solar maximum. The geomagnetically quiet periods is defined as the times when the Kp index is less than or equal to 2+ for the preceding 3 hours and when the SYM-H index ranges from -10 to 40 nT. The polar cap is defined by the lack of energetic ions [Andersson et al., 2004]. The data obtained during geomagnetically quiet periods in July 2002 are used for the statistical study. In this period, the apogee of the FAST satellite was located at high latitudes in the Northern (summer) Hemisphere. We found counter-streaming photoelectrons of up to more than 10 eV, indicating existence of a potential drop above the satellite altitude. Such distributions were frequently (more than 80% in occurrence frequency) observed in the polar cap. The estimated typical potential drop above the satellite is about 20 V, which is about a half of that predicted by photoelectron-driven polar wind models with a potential drop at high altitudes (about 7 RE) [Wilson et al., 1997; Su et al., 1998]. The net number flux of escaping photoelectrons negatively correlates with the magnitude of the potential drop. On the other hand, the net escape flux also negatively correlates with the number flux of upgoing photoelectrons. Since the flux of the escaping photoelectrons should be equal to the flux of the polar wind ions under the condition of the zero field-aligned current, this negative correlation indicates that the larger number flux of upgoing photoelectrons correspond to weaker polar wind. This fact seems to disagree with the idea that photoelectrons drive the polar wind, which was suggested by the modeling studies [e.g., Tam et al., 1998]. These results imply that relation between photoelectrons and the polar wind is not as simple as that predicted by modeling studies.

  10. sp2/sp3 hybridization ratio in amorphous carbon from C 1s core-level shifts: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculation

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    Haerle, Rainer; Riedo, Elisa; Pasquarello, Alfredo; Baldereschi, Alfonso

    2002-01-01

    Using a combined experimental and theoretical approach, we address C 1s core-level shifts in amorphous carbon. Experimental results are obtained by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) on thin-film samples of different atomic density, obtained by a pulsed-laser deposition growth process. The XPS spectra are deconvoluted into two contributions, which are attributed to sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms, respectively, separated by 0.9 eV, independent of atomic density. The sp3 hybridization content extracted from XPS is consistent with the atomic density derived from the plasmon energy in the EELS spectrum. In our theoretical study, we generate several periodic model structures of amorphous carbon of different densities applying two schemes of increasing accuracy in sequence. We first use a molecular-dynamics approach, based on an environmental-dependent tight-binding Hamiltonian to quench the systems from the liquid phase. The final model structures are then obtained by further atomic relaxation using a first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave approach within density-functional theory. Within the latter framework, we also calculate carbon 1s core-level shifts for our disordered model structures. We find that the shifts associated to threefold- and fourfold- coordinated carbon atoms give rise to two distinct peaks separated by about 1.0 eV, independent of density, in close agreement with experimental observations. This provides strong support for decomposing the XPS spectra into two peaks resulting from sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms. Core-hole relaxations effects account for about 30% of the calculated shifts.

  11. Photoelectronic Radiology Department

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    Capp, M. P.; Nudelman, Sol; Fisher, Donald; Ovitt, Theron W.; Pond, Gerald D.; Frost, Meryl M.; Roehrig, Hans; Seeger, Joachim; Oimette, Donald

    1981-11-01

    The University of Arizona Department of Radiology first considered establishing a photoelectronic radiology department in 1973. It seemed clear that the technology had progressed far enough for us to investigate the possibility of total film replacement.' Data from the space program in particular indicated at that time that sophisticated television images over 1000 x 1000 lines were approaching the detail seen on the traditional x-ray film. This technology has been known over many years of research and development as "photoelectronic imaging devices (PEID) ."14 However, at that time film replacement was out of the question. What was not out of the question was the consideration of using a subtraction technique, "digital video subtraction angiography." To this end, we, and independently the University of Wisconsin,314 proceeded to develop this technology.5'6 Our intravenous video subtraction images in patients started in our research laboratory in 1977 and in March of 1980 we opened a biplane special procedures room dedicated only to photoelectronic imaging (no film).7'8 Digital video subtraction angiography has been successful and is described in much greater detail in these Proceedings by other authors. Current efforts are under way toward total replacement of film. This is an immense problem, one that will require a much greater sophistication of computers, storage devices, system analysis, and cooperation from both the radiologist and the clinician.9'10 In a theoretical study we converted our 65,000 procedures-per-year department to complete photoelectronic imaging (no film) and estimated that we would save approximately five million dollars over ten years.15 Extrapolating this to the entire United States would result in a conservative estimate of saving one billion dollars per year. Not included in these mathematics are cost-effective savings of the physicians' time and effort.

  12. Global nonresonant vibrational-photoelectron coupling in molecular photoionization

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    Poliakoff, Erwin; Das, Aloke; Hardy, David; Bozek, John; Aguilar, Alex; Lucchese, Robert

    2009-05-01

    Using photoelectron spectroscopy and Schwinger variational scattering theory, we have investigated the coupling between vibrational motion and the exiting photoelectron over extended ranges of photoelectron kinetic energy. Photoelectron spectroscopy is performed with vibrational resolution over uncommonly large ranges of energy (ca. 200 eV). We find clear and significant changes in vibrational branching ratios as a function of photon energy, in direct contradiction to predictions of the Franck-Condon principle. While it is well known that resonances lead to coupling between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom, nonresonant mechanisms that result in such coupling are not expected or well-documented. Photoelectron spectra are presented for several electronic states of N2^+, CO^+, and NO^+, and we find that valence isoelectronic channels behave very differently, which is also surprising. Theoretical results indicate that Cooper minima are the underlying cause of these effects, and we are currently working to understand the reasons for the sensitivity of the Cooper minima on bond length.

  13. Adsorption of acetic acid on ice studied by ambient-pressure XPS and partial-electron-yield NEXAFS spectroscopy at 230-240 K.

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    Křepelová, Adéla; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten; Brown, Matthew A; Bluhm, Hendrik; Ammann, Markus

    2013-01-17

    Ice plays a key role in the environment, and the ice-air interface influences heterogeneous chemical reactions between snowpack or cirrus clouds and the surrounding air. Soluble gases have been suspected to affect the topmost, disordered layer on ice (often referred to as a quasiliquid layer, QLL). Changes are especially expected in the hydrogen-bonding structure of water in the presence of solutes at the ice surface. Here, we used ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to detect acetic acid at the ice surface at 230-240 K under atmospheric conditions for the first time. Electron-kinetic-energy-dependent C 1s spectra indicate that acetic acid remains confined to the topmost ice surface layers. Spectral analysis provides information about the protonation state of acetate at the ice surface. Surface-sensitive Auger-electron-yield C-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra were recorded to probe the molecular state of the adsorbed species. The O-edge NEXAFS spectra show only minor differences between clean ice and ice with adsorbed acetic acid and thus indicate that acetic acid does not lead to an extended disordered layer on the ice surface between 230 and 240 K.

  14. Probing DNA hybridization efficiency and single base mismatch by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Liu, Zheng-Chun; Zhang, Xin; He, Nong-Yue; Lu, Zu-Hong; Chen, Zhen-Cheng

    2009-07-01

    We demonstrated the use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to study DNA hybridization. Target DNA labeled with hexachloro-fluorescein (HEX) was hybridized to DNA arrays with four different probes. Each probe dot of the hybridized arrays was detected with XPS. The XPS Cl2p peak areas were found to decrease with an increase in mismatched bases in DNA probes. The Cl2p core-level peak area ratio of a probe perfectly matched to one, two and three base-mismatched probes accorded well with the results of conventional fluorescent imaging, which shows that XPS is a potential tool for analyzing DNA arrays. The DNA arrays' hybridization efficiency was assessed by the molar ratio of chlorine to phosphorus in a DNA strand, which was determined from the relevant XPS Cl2p and P2p core-level peak areas after hybridization. This could provide a new method to detect DNA hybridization efficiency.

  15. Many-body effects in the 4f x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the U5+ and U4+ free ions

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    Ilton, Eugene S.; Bagus, Paul S.

    2005-05-01

    A strictly ab initio many-electron theory was used to calculate the 4f x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the free U5+ and U4+ ions. The calculations, based on relativistic Dirac-Fock self-consistent field (DF-SCF) and Dirac configuration interaction (DCI) wave functions (WF’s), indicate that the atomic spectra have a considerable multiplet structure. However, the multiplet splitting, which is mainly manifest as a broadening of the 4f5/2 and 4f7/2 lines, is not as strong as for the first-row transition metals. As expected, the U4+ primary peaks are broader and have more associated satellite structure than does U5+ . A comparison of a synthetic spectrum for U4+ with the observed XPS of UO2 indicates that interatomic, solid-state, effects may decrease the multiplet and spin-orbital splitting, relative to the free ion. Notably, the 7eV satellite characteristic of UO2 is absent from the calculated XPS of U4+ .

  16. Surface characterization of 7S and 11S globulin powders from soy protein examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

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    Zhao, Xiaoyan; Chen, Jun; Zhu, Qingjun; Du, Fangling; Ao, Qiang; Liu, Jie

    2011-09-01

    In this study the surface composition of 7S and 11S globulin powders from soybean proteins by aqueous buffer and reverse micelle extractions had been examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Analysis by XPS revealed that the O and N atomic percentage of 7S and 11S globulin surfaces from bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelle was higher than from aqueous buffer, but the C atomic percentage was lower. The O/C ratio of the 7S globulin powder from aqueous buffer and reverse micelle was similar while significant differences were obtained in the O/C ratio of the 11S globulin powder, N/C atom ratios of the 7S and 11S globulin powders and high-resolution XPS C 1s, N 1s, O 1s spectra. Powder microstructure after reverse micelle treatment showed the presence of small pores, indicating the effect of reverse micelle on the 7S and 11S globulin structure. The obtained results indicated that the reverse micelle could affect the C, O and N components on the surface of soybean proteins. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy surface analysis of aluminum ion stress in barley roots. [Hordeum vulgare

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    Millard, M.M.; Foy, C.D.; Coradetti, C.A.; Reinsel, M.D. )

    1990-06-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to analyze root surface changes when Dayton barley (Hordeum vulgare) (Al tolerant) and Kearney barley (Al sensitive) seedlings were grown in nutrient solution in the presence and absence of 37.0 micromolar Al. The electron spectra from root surfaces contained strong lines in order of decreasing intensity from organic forms of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and weak lines due to inorganic elements in the form of anions and cations on the surface. The surface composition of root tips from Kearney was C, 65.6%; 0, 26.8%; N, 4.4% and tips from Dayton was C, 72.7%; O, 23.6%; N, 1.9%, grown in the absence of aluminum. Electron lines characteristic of nitrate, potassium, chloride, phosphate were also present in the spectra from those roots. Dayton roots grown in the presence of 37.0 micromolar aluminum contained 2.1% aluminum while Kearney contained 1.3% aluminum. The ratio of aluminum to phosphate was close to 1.0. Dayton roots usually contained twice as much aluminum phosphate in the surface region as Kearney. Dayton may be less susceptible to Al toxic effects by accumulation of aluminum phosphate on the root surface which then acts as a barrier to the transport of aluminum into the interior of the roots.

  18. XPS determination of Mn oxidation states in Mn (hydr)oxides

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    Ilton, Eugene S.; Post, Jeffrey E.; Heaney, Peter J.; Ling, Florence T.; Kerisit, Sebastien N.

    2016-03-01

    Hydrous manganese oxides are an important class of minerals that help regulate the geochemical redox cycle in near-surface environments and are also considered to be promising catalysts for energy applications such as the oxidation of water. A complete characterization of these minerals is required to better understand their catalytic and redox activity. In this contribution an empirical methodology using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is developed to quantify the oxidation state of hydrous multivalent manganese oxides with an emphasis on birnessite, a layered structure that occurs commonly in soils but is also the oxidized endmember in biomimetic water-oxidation catalysts. The Mn2p3/2, Mn3p, and Mn3s lines of near monovalent Mn(II), Mn(III), and Mn(IV) oxides were fit with component peaks; after the best fit was obtained the relative widths, heights and binding energies of the components were fixed. Unknown multivalent samples were fit such that binding energies, intensities, and peak-widths of each oxidation state, composed of a packet of correlated component peaks, were allowed to vary. Peak-widths were constrained to maintain the difference between the standards. Both average and individual mole fraction oxidation states for all three energy levels were strongly correlated, with close agreement between Mn3s and Mn3p analyses, whereas calculations based on the Mn2p3/2 spectra gave systematically more reduced results. Limited stoichiometric analyses were consistent with Mn3p and Mn3s. Further, evidence indicates the shape of the Mn3p line was less sensitive to the bonding environment than that for Mn2p. Consequently, fitting the Mn3p and Mn3s lines yielded robust quantification of oxidation states over a range of Mn (hydr)oxide phases. In contrast, a common method for determining oxidation states that utilizes the multiplet splitting of the Mn3s line was found to be not appropriate for birnessites.

  19. An X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Study of Activated Carbons Impregnated with Some Organocopper Complexes

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    1993-10-01

    preparation of ASC/T carbon involved using an aqueous ammoniacal solution as a carrier into which all impregnants (except TEDA) were dissolved. Without a...routes to these complexes have been described (1), and will not be repeated here. All five complexes were synthesized at DREO using known methods.’ 2...earlier report (2) that fresh Whetlerite (a carbon which has been impregnated with an ammoniacal solution containing CrO3 , (NH4 ) 2CO3 and CuCO3 "Cu(OH

  20. UHV and Ambient Pressure XPS: Potentials for Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 Surface Analysis

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    Head, Ashley R.; Schnadt, Joachim

    2016-12-01

    The surface sensitivity of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has positioned the technique as a routine analysis tool for chemical and electronic structure information. Samples ranging from ideal model systems to industrial materials can be analyzed. Instrumentational developments in the past two decades have popularized ambient pressure XPS, with pressures in the tens of mbar now commonplace. Here, we briefly review the technique, including a discussion of developments that allow data collection at higher pressures. We illustrate the information XPS can provide by using examples from the literature, including MgO studies. We hope to illustrate the possibilities of ambient pressure XPS to Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 systems, both in fundamental and applied studies.

  1. Thorough XPS analyses on overlithiated manganese spinel cycled around the 3V plateau

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    Grissa, R.; Martinez, H.; Cotte, S.; Galipaud, J.; Pecquenard, B.; Cras, F. Le

    2017-07-01

    Lithium-rich spinel Li1.2Mn1.8O4 thin film electrodes operated at 3 V/Li+/Li are studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), mainly on the basis of the evolution of the Mn2p XPS peak during the electrode cycling. The analysis of this core peak has long been debated in literature given its complex character. Based on manganese oxide references, MnO (Mn2+), Mn2O3(Mn3+) and Li2MnO3(Mn4+), we propose a deconvolution method to identify each Mn oxidation state. This method is then used for the deconvolution of Mn2p XPS peaks of bulk lithium-rich spinels Li1+xMn2-xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) for validation before proceeding to the study of cycled Li1.2Mn1.8O4 thin film electrodes. Electrochemical measurements exhibit significant capacity loss during the first cycle. Based on XPS analyses, this phenomenon could be explained by mechanical breakup of parts of the electrode. A stable behavior during subsequent cycles is then observed. The presence of Mn2+ species (XPS) at the most top surface of the electrode and the significant polarization observed during the discharge illustrate the kinetical limitation of the two-phase reaction, despite the reduced thickness of the electrode material.

  2. CoOx thin film deposited by CVD as efficient water oxidation catalyst: change of oxidation state in XPS and its correlation to electrochemical activity.

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    Weidler, Natascha; Paulus, Sarina; Schuch, Jona; Klett, Joachim; Hoch, Sascha; Stenner, Patrick; Maljusch, Artjom; Brötz, Joachim; Wittich, Carolin; Kaiser, Bernhard; Jaegermann, Wolfram

    2016-04-28

    To reduce energy losses in water electrolysers a fundamental understanding of the water oxidation reaction steps is necessary to design efficient oxygen evolution catalysts. Here we present CoOx/Ti electrocatalytic films deposited by thermal and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) onto titanium substrates. We report electrochemical (EC), photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. The electrochemical behavior of the samples was correlated with the chemical and electronic structure by recording XPS spectra before and after each electrochemical treatment (conditioning and cyclovoltammetry). The results show that the electrochemical behavior of CoOx/Ti strongly depends on the resulting electronic structure and composition. The thermal deposition leads to the formation of a pure Co(II)Ox which transforms to a mixed Co(II)Co(III)Ox during the OER. This change in oxidation state is coupled with a decrease in overpotential from η = 0.57 V to η = 0.43 V at 5 mA cm(-2). Plasma deposition in oxygen leads to a Co(III)-dominated mixed CoOx, that has a lower onset potential as deposited due to a higher Co(III) content in the initial deposited material. After the OER XPS results of the CoOx/Ti indicate a partial formation of hydroxides and oxyhydroxides on the oxide surface. Finally the plasma deposition in air, results in a CoOxOH2 surface, that is able to completely oxidizes during OER to an oxyhydroxide Co(III)OOH. With the in situ formed CoOOH we present a highly active catalyst for the OER (η = 0.34 at 5 mA cm(-2); η = 0.37 V at 10 mA cm(-2)).

  3. Bimolecular reaction dynamics from photoelectron spectroscopy of negative ions

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    Bradforth, Stephen Edmund

    1992-11-01

    The transition state region of a neutral bimolecular reaction may be experimentally investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy of an appropriate negative ion. The photoelectron spectrum provides information on the spectroscopy and dynamics of the short lived transition state and may be used to develop model potential energy surfaces that are semi-quantitative in this important region. The principles of bound {yields} bound negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy are illustrated by way of an example: a full analysis of the photoelectron bands of CN-, NCO- and NCS-. Transition state photoelectron spectra are presented for the following systems Br + HI, Cl + HI, F + HI, F + CH30H,F + C2H5OH,F + OH and F + H2. A time dependent framework for the simulation and interpretation of the bound → free transition state photoelectron spectra is subsequently developed and applied to the hydrogen transfer reactions Br + HI, F + OH → O(3P, 1D) + HF and F + H2. The theoretical approach for the simulations is a fully quantum-mechanical wave packet propagation on a collinear model reaction potential surface. The connection between the wavepacket time evolution and the photoelectron spectrum is given by the time autocorrelation function. For the benchmark F + H2 system, comparisons with three-dimensional quantum calculations are made.

  4. Oxidation and deprotonation of synthetic Fe{sup II}-Fe{sup III} (oxy)hydroxycarbonate Green Rust: An X-ray photoelectron study

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    Mullet, M. Guillemin, Y.; Ruby, C.

    2008-01-15

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate chemical bonding and distribution of iron and oxygen species at the surface of Green Rusts (GRs). GRs with variable composition, i.e. Fe{sup II}{sub 6(1-x)}Fe{sup III}{sub 6x}O{sub 12}H{sub 2(7-3x)} CO{sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O where the Fe{sup III} molar fraction of the positively charged hydroxide sheets, x=[Fe(III)]/[Fe(total)] belongs to [1/3, 1], were synthesised under an inert atmosphere. The broadened Fe(2p{sub 3/2}) spectra were fitted using Gupta and Sen multiplets peaks and additional satellite and surface features. The [Fe(III)]/[Fe(total)] surface atomic ratios closely agree with the x ratios expected from the bulk composition, which gives a high degree of confidence on the validity of the proposed fitting procedure. The valence band spectra are also reported and show dependencies on iron speciation. The O(1s) spectra revealed the presence of O{sup 2-}, OH{sup -} species and adsorbed water. The hydroxyl component decreases with increasing x values, i.e. with the amount of ferric iron, while the oxide component increases. This study provides direct spectroscopic evidence of the deprotonation of hydroxyl groups that occurs simultaneously with the oxidation of ferrous iron within the GR structure. - Graphical abstract: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to investigate chemical bonding and distribution of iron and oxygen species at the surface of Green Rust (GR) compounds. First spectroscopic evidence of the deprotonation of hydroxyls groups occurring simultaneously to the oxidation of Fe(II) into Fe(III) species is provided.

  5. Enhanced the photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped ZnO thin films: Morphological, optical and XPS analysis

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    Abdel-wahab, M. Sh.; Jilani, Asim; Yahia, I. S.; Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A.

    2016-06-01

    Pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films with different concentration of Ni (3.5 wt%, 5 wt%, 7 wt%) were prepared by DC/RF magnetron sputtering technique. The X-rays diffraction pattern showed the polycrystalline nature of pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films. The surface morphology of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated through atomic force microscope, which indicated the increase in the grain dimension and surface roughness with increasing the Ni doping. The UV-Visible transmission spectra showed the decrease in the transmittance of doped ZnO thin films with the incorporation of Ni dopants. The surface and chemical state analysis of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated by X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by an aqueous solution of methyl green dye. The tungsten lamp of 500 W was used as a source of visible light for photocatalytic study. The degradation results showed that the Ni-doped ZnO thin films exhibit highly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the pure ZnO thin films. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ni-doped ZnO thin films were attributed to the enhanced surface area (surface defects), surface roughness and decreasing the band gap of Ni-doped ZnO thin films. Our work supports the applications of thin film metal oxides in waste water treatment.

  6. Effect of gamma irradiation on X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy of Nd-doped phosphate glass.

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    Rai, V N; Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, S N; Bhattacharyya, D; Raja Shekhar, B N; Deshpande, U P; Shripathi, T

    2016-11-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of Nd-doped phosphate glasses have been studied before and after gamma irradiation. The intensity and the location of the white line peak of the L3-edge XANES of Nd are found to be dependent on the ratio O/Nd in the glass matrix. Gamma irradiation changes the elemental concentration of atoms in the glass matrix, which affects the peak intensity of the white line due to changes in the covalence of the chemical bonds with Nd atoms in the glass (structural changes). Sharpening of the Nd 3d5/2 peak profile in XPS spectra indicates a deficiency of oxygen in the glasses after gamma irradiation, which is supported by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements. The ratio of non-bridging oxygen to total oxygen in the glass after gamma radiation has been found to be correlated to the concentration of defects in the glass samples, which are responsible for its radiation resistance as well as for its coloration.

  7. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis of silver-coated gold nanorods designed for bionanotechnology applications

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    Watanabe, Fumiya; Nima, Zeid A.; Honda, Takumi; Mitsuhara, Masatoshi; Nishida, Minoru; Biris, Alexandru S.

    2017-01-01

    Multicomponent nano-agents were designed and built via a core-shell approach to enhance their surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. These nano-agents had 36 nm × 12 nm gold nanorod cores coated by 4 nm thick silver shell films and a subsequent thin bifunctional thiolated polyethylene glycol (HS-PEG-COOH) layer. Ambient time-lapsed SERS signal measurements of these functionalized nanorods taken over a two-week period indicated no signal degradation, suggesting that large portions of the silver shells remained in pure metallic form. The morphology of the nanorods was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultra-high resolution scanning TEM. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) were utilized to assess the oxidation states of the silver shells covered by HS-PEG-COOH. The binding energies of Ag 3d XPS spectra yielded very small chemical shifts with oxidation; however, the AES peak shapes gave meaningful information about the extent of oxidation undergone by the nano-agent. While the silver shells without HS-PEG-COOH coatings oxidized significantly, the silver shells with HS-PEG-COOH remained predominantly metallic. In fact, six month-old samples still retained mostly metallic silver shells. These findings further demonstrate the stability and longevity of the nanostructures, indicating their significant potential as plasmonically active agents for highly sensitive detection in various biological systems, including cancer cells, tissues, or even organisms.

  8. X-ray photoelectron and scanning Auger electron spectroscopy study of electrodeposited ZnCr coatings on steel.

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    Itani, H; Duchoslav, J; Arndt, M; Steck, T; Gerdenitsch, J; Faderl, J; Preis, K; Winkler, W; Stifter, D

    2012-05-01

    Zn-Cr alloyed coatings electrochemically deposited are of high interest for leading steel manufacturing companies because of their novel properties and high corrosion resistance compared with conventional Zn coatings on steel. For tuning and optimizing the properties of the electrodeposited Zn-Cr coatings, a broad range of the deposition conditions must be studied. For this reason, two different types of material were investigated in this study, one with a low electrolyte temperature and one with an elevated electrolyte pH, compared with the standard values. Because different corrosion performance and delamination behaviour of the layers were observed for the two types, advanced surface analysis was conducted to understand the origin of this behaviour and to discover differences in the formation of the coatings. The topmost surface, the shallow subsurface region, and the whole bulk down to the coating-steel interface surface were analysed in detail by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution scanning Auger electron spectroscopy to determine the elemental and the chemical composition. For better understanding of the resulting layer structure, multiple reference samples and materials were measured and their Auger and XPS spectra were fitted to the experimental data. The results showed that one coating type is composed of metallic Zn and Cr, with oxide residing only on the surface and interface, whereas the other type contains significant amounts of Zn and Cr oxides throughout the whole coating thickness.

  9. Effects of rare-earth substitution in the oxyarsenides REFeAsO (RE=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd) and CeNiAsO by X-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopy

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    Blanchard, Peter E.R.; Cavell, Ronald G.; Mar, Arthur

    2010-08-16

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) have been applied to examine the electronic structure of the rare-earth transition-metal oxyarsenides REFeAsO (RE=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd) and CeNiAsO. Within the metal-arsenic layer [MAs], the bonding character is predominantly covalent and the As atoms are anionic, as implied by the small energy shifts in the M 2p and As 3d XPS spectra. Within the rare-earth-oxygen layer [REO], the bonding character is predominantly ionic, as implied by the similarity of the O 1s binding energies to those in highly ionic oxides. Substitution with a smaller RE element increases the O 1s binding energy, a result of an enhanced Madelung potential. The Ce 3d XPS and Ce L{sub 3}-edge XANES spectra have lineshapes and energies that confirm the presence of trivalent cerium in CeFeAsO and CeNiAsO. A population analysis of the valence band spectrum of CeNiAsO supports the formal charge assignment [Ce{sup 3+}O{sup 2-}][Ni{sup 2+}As{sup 3-}].

  10. Vector potential photoelectron microscopy.

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    Browning, R

    2011-10-01

    A new class of electron microscope has been developed for the chemical microanalysis of a wide range of real world samples using photoelectron spectroscopy. Highly structured, three-dimensional samples, such as fiber mats and fracture surfaces can be imaged, as well as insulators and magnetic materials. The new microscope uses the vector potential field from a solenoid magnet as a spatial reference for imaging. A prototype instrument has demonstrated imaging of uncoated silk, magnetic steel wool, and micron-sized single strand tungsten wires.

  11. A comparative theoretical study on core-hole excitation spectra of azafullerene and its derivatives

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    Deng, Yunfeng; Gao, Bin; Deng, Mingsen; Luo, Yi

    2014-03-28

    The core-hole excitation spectra—near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS), x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shake-up satellites have been simulated at the level of density functional theory for the azafullerene C{sub 59}N and its derivatives (C{sub 59}N){sup +}, C{sub 59}HN, (C{sub 59}N){sub 2}, and C{sub 59}N–C{sub 60}, in which the XPS shake-up satellites were simulated using our developed equivalent core hole Kohn-Sham (ECH-KS) density functional theory approach [B. Gao, Z. Wu, and Y. Luo, J. Chem. Phys. 128, 234704 (2008)] which aims for the study of XPS shake-up satellites of large-scale molecules. Our calculated spectra are generally in good agreement with available experimental results that validates the use of the ECH-KS method in the present work. The nitrogen K-edge NEXAFS, XES, and XPS shake-up satellites spectra in general can be used as fingerprints to distinguish the azafullerene C{sub 59}N and its different derivatives. Meanwhile, different carbon K-edge spectra could also provide detailed information of (local) electronic structures of different molecules. In particular, a peak (at around 284.5 eV) in the carbon K-edge NEXAFS spectrum of the heterodimer C{sub 59}N–C{sub 60} is confirmed to be related to the electron transfer from the C{sub 59}N part to the C{sub 60} part in this charge-transfer complex.

  12. Surface Chemical Composition of Size-fractionated Urban Walkway Aerosols Determined by XPS and ToF-SIMS

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    Wenjuan, Cheng; Lu-Tao, Weng; Yongjie, Li; Arthur, Lau; Chak, Chan; Chi-Ming, Chan

    2013-04-01

    In this study, aerosol particles with sizes ranging from 0.056 to 10 ?m were collected using a ten-stage impactor sampler (MOUDI) from a busy walkway of Hong Kong. The aerosol samples of each stage were examined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Size dependent distributions of the detected six key elements (N, S, Ca, Si, O, and C) were revealed together with the chemical states of N, S and C. The results indicated that aliphatic hydrocarbons were the dominant species on the surface of all particles while a small portion of graphitic carbon (due to elemental and aromatic hydrocarbons) was also detected on the surface of the particles with sizes ranging from 0.056 to 0.32 ?m. Organic oxygen- and nitrogen-containing surface groups as well as sulfates were more abundant on the surface of the particles with sizes ranging from 0.32 to 1 μm. Organic oxygen- and nitrogen-containing surface groups as well as sulfates were more abundant on the surface of the particles with sizes ranging from 0.32 to 1 μm. Inorganic salts and nitrates were found in coarse-mode particles. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) was used for detailed surface and near surface composition analysis. Principal component analysis (PCA) of the ToF-SIMS spectra confirmed the XPS results that aromatic hydrocarbons were associated with the nucleation-mode particles. Aliphatic hydrocarbons with O- and N-containing functional groups were associated with accumulation-mode particles and inorganic salts were related to the coarse-mode particles. Depth-profiling experiments were performed on three specific sets of samples (nucleation-, accumulation- and coarse-mode particles) to study their near-surface structures. It showed that organic compounds were concentrated on the very top surface of the coarse-mode particles with inorganics in the core. The accumulation-mode particles had thick coatings of diverse organic compositions. The nucleation-mode particles, which contained

  13. High Resolution Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Au_2^- and Au_4^- by Photoelectron Imaging

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    Leon, Iker; Yang, Zheng; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-06-01

    We report high resolution photoelectron spectra of Au_2^- and Au_4^- obtained with a newly-built photoelectron imaging apparatus. Gold anions are produced by laser vaporization and the desired specie is mass selected and focused into the collinear velocity-map imaging (VMI) lens assembly. The design of the imaging lens has allowed us to obtain less than 0.9% energy resolution for high kinetic energy electrons ( > 1eV) while maintaining wavenumber resolution for low kinetic energy electrons. Although gold dimer and tetramer have been studied in the past, we present spectroscopic results under high resolution. For Au_2^-, we report high resolution spectra with an accurate determination of the electron affinity together with a complete vibrational assignment, for both the anion and neutral ground states, while for Au_4^-, we are able to resolve a low frequency mode and obtain accurately the adiabatic detachment energy.

  14. Irradiation-induced degradation of PTB7 investigated by valence band and S 2p photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Darlatt, Erik; Muhsin, Burhan; Roesch, Roland; Lupulescu, Cosmin; Roth, Friedrich; Kolbe, Michael; Gottwald, Alexander; Hoppe, Harald; Richter, Mathias

    2016-08-01

    Monochromatic radiation with known absolute radiant power from an undulator at the electron storage ring Metrology Light Source (MLS) was used to irradiate PTB7 (a thieno[3, 4-b]thiophene-alt-benzodithiophene polymer) thin films at wavelengths (photon energies) of 185 nm (6.70 eV), 220 nm (5.64 eV), 300 nm (4.13 eV), 320 nm (3.88 eV), 356 nm (3.48 eV) and 675 nm (1.84 eV) under ultra-high vacuum conditions for the investigation of radiation-induced degradation effects. The characterization of the thin films is focused at ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) of valence bands and is complemented by S 2p x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (S 2p XPS) before and after the irradiation procedure. The radiant exposure was determined for each irradiation by means of photodiodes traceably calibrated to the international system of units SI. The valence band spectra show the strongest changes for the shortest wavelengths and no degradation effect at 356 nm and 675 nm even with the highest radiant exposure applied. In the spectral range where the Sun appears bright on the Earth’s surface, no degradation effects are observed.

  15. PAC and XPS studies of II-VI compounds

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    Swanson, M. L.; Hughes, W. C.; Austin, J. C.; Choi, S. S.

    The perturbed angular correlation (PAC) method has considerable potential for studying near-surface defects of materials on a microscopic scale, especially in combination with standard surface techniques. We have characterized the near-surface and surface regions of II-VI compounds using PAC and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). PAC was used to identify point defect complexes containing the radioactive In-111 probe atoms, which were diffused into Cd(0.96)Zn(0.04)Te, Cd(0.8)Mn(0.2)Te, and Hg(0.79)Cd(0.21)Te (MCT) samples under vacuum from 200 to 550 C. After the Cd(Zn)Te samples were annealed at 450 C for 30 min, 60% of the In atoms occupied unique non-cubic sites, characterized by an interaction frequency Nu(sub Q) = 60 MHz and an asymmetry parameter eta = 0.2. These sites were attributed to In-(cadmium vacancy) complexes, since this signal was eliminated by subsequent annealing in a cadmium atmosphere. Similar results were obtained for the Cd(Mn)Te samples, but the vacancy complex occurred at a lower annealing temperature. The XPS data for Cd(Mn)Te showed that its oxide characteristics differed considerably from those of CdTe. Although oxide formation of CdTe occurs very lowly after sputter cleaning, a significant Te-O layer was formed on the Cd(Mn)Te surfaces after only 10 min exposure to air. In addition, deionized water removed the native oxide completely for CdTe but not for Cd(Mn)Te. For MCT, annealing at 350 C caused the formation of two defect complexes, characterized by frequencies of 83 and 92 MHz, and eta is approximately equal 0.1. These PAC signals vanished after annealing under a mercury atmosphere, indicating that they were also due to In-vacancy complexes.

  16. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopic studies of transition metal cluster

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    Marcy, Timothy Paul

    The studies reported in this thesis were performed using a negative ion photoelectron spectrometer consisting of a cold cathode DC discharge ion source, a flowing afterglow ion-molecule reactor, a magnetic sector mass analyzer, an argon ion laser for photodetachment and a hemispherical electron kinetic energy analyzer and microchannel plate detector for photoelectron spectrum generation. The 476.5 nm (2.601 eV), 488.0 nm (2.540 eV) and 514.5 nm (2.410 eV) negative ion photoelectron spectra of VMn are reported and compared to the previously studied spectra of isoelectronic Cr2.1 The photoelectron spectra are remarkably similar to those of Cr2 in electron affinity and vibrational frequencies. The 488.0 nm photoelectron spectra and electron affinities of Nb n- (n = 1 - 9) are reported with discussion of observed vibrational structure. There are transitions to several electronic states of Nb2 in the reported spectra with overlapping vibrational progressions. The spectra of Nb3, Nb4 and Nb6 show partially resolved vibrational structure in the transitions to the lowest observed electronic state of each cluster. There is a single distinct active vibrational mode in the transition to the ground state of Nb8. Spin-orbit energies of Nb- are also reported. The 488.0 nm negative ion photoelectron spectra of Nb3H(D) are reported and compared to those of Nb3. There is a single vibrational mode active in the spectra of Nb3H(D) which is very similar to the most distinct mode active in the spectrum of Nb3. The 488.0 nm photoelectron spectra of the NbxCyH(D) y- (x = 1, 2, 3, y = 2, 4, 6) dehydrogenated products of the reactions of ethylene with niobium cluster anions are reported. Temperature studies of some of these species give evidence for the presence of multiple isomers of each molecule in the ion beam. The spectra of NbC6H(D) 6 are identical to those obtained from the reactions of benzene with niobium clusters and indicate that benzene is being formed from ethylene in the flow

  17. High-resolution threshold photoelectron spectroscopy by electron attachment

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    Ajello, J. M.; Chutjian, A.

    1976-01-01

    A new technique for measuring high-resolution threshold photoelectron spectra of atoms, molecules, and radicals is described. It involves photoionization of a gaseous species, attachment of the threshold, or nearly zero electron to some trapping molecule (here SF6 or CFCl3), and mass detection of the attachment product (SF6/-/ or Cl/-/ respectively). This technique of threshold photoelectron spectroscopy by electron attachment was used to measure the spectra of argon and xenon at 11 meV (FWHM) resolution, and was also applied to CFCl3.

  18. Comparing aging of graphite/LiFePO4 cells at 22 °C and 55 °C - Electrochemical and photoelectron spectroscopy studies

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    Hellqvist Kjell, Maria; Malmgren, Sara; Ciosek, Katarzyna; Behm, Mårten; Edström, Kristina; Lindbergh, Göran

    2013-12-01

    Accelerated aging at elevated temperature is commonly used to test lithium-ion battery lifetime, but the effect of an elevated temperature is still not well understood. If aging at elevated temperature would only be faster, but in all other respects equivalent to aging at ambient temperature, cells aged to end-of-life (EOL) at different temperatures would be very similar. The present study compares graphite/LiFePO4-based cells either cycle- or calendar-aged to EOL at 22 °C and 55 °C. Cells cycled at the two temperatures show differences in electrochemical impedance spectra as well as in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra. These results show that lithium-ion cell aging is a complex set of processes. At elevated temperature, the aging is accelerated in process-specific ways. Furthermore, the XPS results of cycle-aged samples indicate increased deposition of oxygenated LiPF6 decomposition products in both the negative and positive electrode/electrolyte interfaces. The decomposition seems more pronounced at elevated temperature, and largely accelerated by cycling, which could contribute to the observed cell impedance increase.

  19. Manganese nanoclusters and MnSi{sub {approx}1.7} nanowires formed on Si(110): A comparative x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study

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    Zou Zhiqiang; Shi Gaoming; Liu Xiaoyong; Sun Limin

    2013-01-14

    The growth of Mn on a Si(110) surface at room temperature (RT) and 550 Degree-Sign C has been investigated by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). STM observation shows that the growth at 550 Degree-Sign C results in the formation of nanowires (NWs), while that at RT produces only nanoclusters. The Mn 2p XPS spectra unambiguously reveal that the NWs are composed of MnSi{sub {approx}1.7} and the nanoclusters are composed of Mn. Curve-fitting analysis of the spectra shows that 64.9% of the NWs were oxidized due to atmospheric exposure during sample transfer, while the Mn nanoclusters were completely oxidized under the same conditions. This fact indicates that the MnSi{sub {approx}1.7} NWs have better oxidation resistance than the Mn clusters, which can be attributed to the protection effect of the SiO{sub 2} layer formed on the NWs and the smaller surface to volume ratio of the NWs comparing with the clusters. The binding energy of Mn 2p for the NWs exhibits a negative shift of {approx}0.5 eV with respect to the Mn metallic state, which is similar to the silicide state of earlier transition metals Ti and Cr, but different from that of later transition metals Fe and Ni. This negative shift can be attributed to the contribution of Madelung potential.

  20. Composition depth profiles of Bi 3.15Nd 0.85Ti 3O 12 thin films studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Z. H.; Zhong, X. L.; Liao, H.; Wang, F.; Wang, J. B.; Zhou, Y. C.

    2011-06-01

    In the present work, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the composition depth profiles of Bi 3.15Nd 0.85Ti 3O 12 (BNT) ferroelectric thin film, which was prepared on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO 2/Si(1 0 0) substrates by chemical solution deposition (CSD). It is shown that there are three distinct regions formed in BNT film, which are surface layer, bulk film and interface layer. The surface of film is found to consist of one outermost Bi-rich region. High resolution spectra of the O 1 s peak in the surface can be decomposed into two components of metallic oxide oxygen and surface adsorbed oxygen. The distribution of component elements is nearly uniform within the bulk film. In the bulk film, high resolution XPS spectra of O 1 s, Bi 4 f, Nd 3 d, Ti 2 p are in agreement with the element chemical states of the BNT system. The interfacial layer is formed through the interdiffusion between the BNT film and Pt electrode. In addition, the Ar +-ion sputtering changes lots of Bi 3+ ions into Bi 0 due to weak Bi-O bond and high etching energy.

  1. Photoelectron pumped phosphors

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    1989-07-01

    The investigation of cathodophosphors was undertaken in connection with the development of optical devices for the detection of long wavelength photons in which the initial photon-to-electron detection is performed by an optical diode. Then the photoelectrons being accelerated by the electric field penetrate into a phosphor screen and the screen produces multiple photons which are detected by a (close coupled) photomultiplier. The results are presented of a comprehensive analysis and systematization of the data relevant to the fast and very fast commercially available phosphors and developmental works on improved materials and processes in the field of phosphors, especially cathodophosphors. The investigation included analysis of II-VI phosphors, alkaline-earth chalcogenides, silicates, garnets, halides, and some ternary compounds with diamond-like crystal structure. The investigation included, also, analysis of data regarding the activators and coactivators as well as mixtures of phosphors with optically transparent conductive powders for the low energy electron cathodoluminescence.

  2. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Isolated Nanoparticles.

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    Sublemontier, Olivier; Nicolas, Christophe; Aureau, Damien; Patanen, Minna; Kintz, Harold; Liu, Xiaojing; Gaveau, Marc-André; Le Garrec, Jean-Luc; Robert, Emmanuel; Barreda, Flory-Anne; Etcheberry, Arnaud; Reynaud, Cécile; Mitchell, James B; Miron, Catalin

    2014-10-02

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a very efficient and still progressing surface analysis technique. However, when applied to nano-objects, this technique faces drawbacks due to interactions with the substrate and sample charging effects. We present a new experimental approach to XPS based on coupling soft X-ray synchrotron radiation with an in-vacuum beam of free nanoparticles, focused by an aerodynamic lens system. The structure of the Si/SiO2 interface was probed without any substrate interaction or charging effects for silicon nanocrystals previously oxidized in ambient air. Complete characterization of the surface was obtained. The Si 2p core level spectrum reveals a nonabrupt interface.

  3. Deteriorated hardened cement paste structure analyzed by XPS and {sup 29}Si NMR techniques

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    Kurumisawa, Kiyofumi; Nawa, Toyoharu; Owada, Hitoshi; Shibata, Masahito

    2013-10-15

    In this report, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and {sup 29}Si-MAS-NMR was used for the evaluation of deteriorated hardened cement pastes. The deterioration by ammonium nitrate solution was accompanied by changes in the pore structure as well as by structural changes in the C–S–H in the hardened cement paste. The CaO/SiO{sub 2} ratio of the C–S–H decreased with the progress of deterioration, there was also polymerization of the silicate in the C–S–H. It was confirmed that the degree of polymerization of silicate of the C–S–H in hardened cement paste can be determined by XPS. It was also shown that the polymerization depends on the structure of the C–S–H. -- Highlights: •The polymerization of silicate of the C–S–H in the HCP can be observed by XPS. •The structure of C–S–H changed with the degree of calcium leaching. •The NMR result about silicate in C–S–H was in good agreement with the XPS result.

  4. RBS, ERDA and XPS study of Ag and Cu diffusion in PET and PI polymer foils

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    Macková, Anna; Peřina, Vratislav; Švorčík, Václav; Zemek, Josef

    2005-10-01

    Diffusion of Ag and Cu atoms in polyethyleneterephtalate (PET) and polyimide (PI) was studied using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA). The samples were prepared by deposition of Ag and Cu thin layers on polymer surface using CVD and diode sputtering techniques. Samples were annealed at temperatures up to 240 °C. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was used for determination of metal-polymer interaction and chemical state of atoms on metal-polymer interface. Faster diffusion of Ag atoms was observed from non-compact Ag layers prepared by diode sputtering than from those prepared by CVD technique. Ag atoms show higher mobility in PET in comparison with PI. XPS measurement gives an evidence of Ag clustering in Ag-PET samples prepared by cathode sputtering. In PI the Cu atoms exhibit higher diffusivity than Ag atoms due to their lower atomic radius.

  5. An XPS study of gold deposition at low temperatures on sulfide minerals: Reducing agents

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    Hyland, M.M.; Bancroft, G.M. )

    1989-02-01

    The reduction of KAuCl{sub 4} to metallic gold by pyrite, high iron content sphalerite and galena was studied using surface analytical and solution techniques, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (A.A.). High resolution XPS of the reacted mineral showed that the mineral surface is the Au reducing agent. On galena and high iron sphalerite, a corroded layer forms rapidly as S{sup 2 minus} is oxidized to polysulfides, S{sup 2{minus}}{sub x}, and the metals are leached from the surface. Although Au is also reduced on pyrite, the formation of surface polysulfide is not concurrent with Au reduction. Solution analysis for the pyrite and high iron sphalerite reactions shows, however, that considerable sulfate is produced due to the oxidation of S{sup 2{minus}}, S{sup 2{minus}}{sub 2} or the intermediate polysulphide.

  6. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy peak assignment for perfluoropolyether oils

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    Mori, Shigeyuki; Morales, Wilfredo

    1990-01-01

    Perfluoroalkylpolyether (PFPE) oils are increasingly being used as vacuum pump oils and as lubricants for magnetic recording media and instrumentation for satellites. In this paper, the relative binding energies of three PFPE oils are determined. When sample oils are continuously irradiated during X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) measurements, the relative peak intensity of the spectra is altered significantly, indicating that gaseous products form from the oils during XPS measurements. Thus, attention should be paid to chemical changes when XPE is used to characterize fluorinated carbons such as PFPE oils.

  7. Anion photoelectron spectroscopy of radicals and clusters

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    Travis, Taylor R.

    1999-12-01

    Anion photoelectron spectroscopy is used to study free radicals and clusters. The low-lying 2Σ and 2π states of C2nH (n = 1--4) have been studied. The anion photoelectron spectra yielded electron affinities, term values, and vibrational frequencies for these combustion and astrophysically relevant species. Photoelectron angular distributions allowed the author to correctly assign the electronic symmetry of the ground and first excited states and to assess the degree of vibronic coupling in C2H and C4H. Other radicals studied include NCN and I3. The author was able to observe the low-lying singlet and triplet states of NCN for the first time. Measurement of the electron affinity of I3 revealed that it has a bound ground state and attachment of an argon atom to this moiety enabled him to resolve the symmetric stretching progression.

  8. Investigation of adhesion between molybdenum and polysilazane by XPS

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    Amouzou, Dodji; Fourdrinier, Lionel; Sporken, Robert

    2015-07-01

    Here, we investigate the interface between polysilazane (PSZ) coatings and Mo films for understanding adhesion. Two kinds of Mo/PSZ samples are investigated (the well-adhered samples and the non-adhered samples) and the chemical environments of their interfaces are compared. For some investigations, ultra-thin Mo films (2-5 nm) are deposited on PSZ coatings to probe the interface directly by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and to avoid long sputtering times in depth profiling of Mo films. It was found that the sputtered Mo films systematically adhere well to PSZ coatings. The good adhesion arises from a formation of molybdenum oxycarbonitride or molybdenum carbonitride ceramics through covalent bonding between atoms from PSZ and Mo at the interface. The nature of ceramic newly formed at the interface between PSZ and Mo films depends on deposition conditions and can lead to cohesion failure in PSZ coatings. We demonstrated that the adhesion failure observed for some samples does not occur due to the absence of bonding between atoms at interface of Mo/PSZ but may result from the chemical change.

  9. A versatile photoelectron spectrometer for pressures up to 30 mbar

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    Eriksson, Susanna K.; Edström, Kristina; Hagfeldt, Anders; Hahlin, Maria; Rensmo, Håkan; Siegbahn, Hans; Kahk, Juhan Matthias; Villar-Garcia, Ignacio J.; Payne, David J.; Webb, Matthew J.; Grennberg, Helena; Yakimova, Rositza; Edwards, Mårten O. M.; Karlsson, Patrik G.; Backlund, Klas; Åhlund, John

    2014-07-15

    High-pressure photoelectron spectroscopy is a rapidly developing technique with applications in a wide range of fields ranging from fundamental surface science and catalysis to energy materials, environmental science, and biology. At present the majority of the high-pressure photoelectron spectrometers are situated at synchrotron end stations, but recently a small number of laboratory-based setups have also emerged. In this paper we discuss the design and performance of a new laboratory based high pressure photoelectron spectrometer equipped with an Al Kα X-ray anode and a hemispherical electron energy analyzer combined with a differentially pumped electrostatic lens. The instrument is demonstrated to be capable of measuring core level spectra at pressures up to 30 mbar. Moreover, valence band spectra of a silver sample as well as a carbon-coated surface (graphene) recorded under a 2 mbar nitrogen atmosphere are presented, demonstrating the versatility of this laboratory-based spectrometer.

  10. An investigation of the corrosion of polycrystalline iron by XPS, TMS and CEMS

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    Idczak, K.; Idczak, R.; Konieczny, R.

    2016-06-01

    The room temperature studies of polycrystalline iron exposed to air at various temperatures were performed using: the transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy (TMS), the conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The unique combination of these techniques allows to determine changes of chemical composition and content of iron oxides simultaneously on the surface region, the 300 nm pre-surface region and the bulk of the samples. The results show that the chemical composition of samples changes significantly and it is strongly dependent on temperature at which the iron sample is exposed to air as well as on investigated region.

  11. Hybridization of XRF/XPS and scatterometry for Cu CMP process control

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    L'Herron, Benoit; Chao, Robin; Kim, Kwanghoon; Lee, Wei Ti; Motoyama, Koichi; Deprospo, Bartlet; Standaert, Theodorus; Gaudiello, John; Goldberg, Cindy

    2015-03-01

    This paper demonstrates the synergy between X-rays techniques and scatterometry, and the benefits to combine the data to improve the accuracy and precision for in-line metrology. Particular example is given to show that the hybridization addresses the challenges of aggressive patterning. In 10nm node back-end-of-line (BEOL) integration, we show that the hybridized data between scatterometry and simultaneous X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) provided the closest dimensional correlation to TEM results compared to the individual technique and CDSEM.

  12. Chemistry of carbon polymer composite electrode - An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study

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    Andersen, Shuang Ma; Dhiman, Rajnish; Skou, Eivind

    2015-01-01

    Surface chemistry of the electrodes in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell is of great importance for the cell performance. Many groups have reported that electrode preparation condition has a direct influence on the resulting electrode properties. In this work, the oxidation state of electrode components and the composites (catalyst ionomer mixtures) in various electrode structures were systematically studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Based on the spectra, when catalyst is physically mixed with Nafion ionomer, the resulting electrode surface chemistry is a combination of the two components. When the electrode is prepared with a lamination procedure, the ratio between fluorocarbon and graphitic carbon is decreased. Moreover, ether type oxide content is decreased although carbon oxide is slightly increased. This indicates structure change of the catalyst layer due to an interaction between the ionomer and the catalyst and possible polymer structural change during electrode fabrication. The surface of micro porous layer was found to be much more influenced by the lamination, especially when it is in contact with catalysts in the interphase. Higher amount of platinum oxide was observed in the electrode structures (catalyst ionomer mixture) compared to the catalyst powder. This also indicates a certain interaction between the functional groups in the polymer and platinum surface.

  13. Electron structure of excited configurations in Ca2V2O7 studied by electron-induced core-ionization loss spectroscopy, appearance-potential spectroscopy, and x-ray-photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Curelaru, I. M.; Strid, K.-G.; Suoninen, E.; Minni, E.; Rönnhult, T.

    1981-04-01

    We have measured the electron-induced core-ionization loss (CILS) spectra, the appearance-potential (APS) spectra, and the x-ray-photoelectron (XPS) spectra of Ca2V2O7, that is a prototype for a series of luminescent materials with general formula M2V2O7(M=Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Zn, Cd, Hg). From the analysis of the data provided by the edge spectroscopies (CILS and APS) and their comparison with the XPS binding energies, we deduced the electronic structure of the outer orbitals (occupied and empty) involved in these processes. Our data illustrate the strong many-body effects that occur in the excitation and decay of localized atomiclike configurations within the big ionic cluster V2O4-7. Excitation of core levels in calcium, outside the V2O4-7 ion, seems to involve more extended orbitals, since the screening is more efficient. Usefulness of complementary studies by x-ray emission and Auger electron spectroscopy is anticipated.

  14. Optical anisotropy and electronic structures of CdMoO4 and CdWO4 crystals: Polarized reflection measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electronic structure calculations

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    Fujita, Masami; Itoh, Minoru; Katagiri, Tsuyoshi; Iri, Daisuke; Kitaura, Mamoru; Mikhailik, Vitalii B.

    2008-04-01

    The polarized reflectivity spectra of CdMoO4 single crystals with a scheelite structure and of CdWO4 with a wolframite structure are measured in the 3-30eV range by using synchrotron radiation. The spectra of optical constants for the crystallographic axes are derived by a Kramers-Kronig analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the calculation of the electronic structure by using a discrete variational Xα method are performed for CdMoO4 . The calculation shows that the Cd4d state is localized at the bottom region of the O2p valence band, and the Cd5s state has a significant contribution to the bottom of the conduction band, composed of the Mo4d state. The XPS spectrum of CdMoO4 resembles that of CdWO4 . Unlike the XPS spectrum, the optical spectra of CdMoO4 resemble those of scheelite CaMoO4 rather than CdWO4 . An excitonic transition is observed as a weak shoulderlike structure in CdWO4 , while it is not appreciable in CdMoO4 . These experimental results are discussed in comparison with the theoretical calculation of electronic structures. The remarkable anisotropy of the optical spectra in CdMoO4 is explained by taking into account the presence of the Cd5s state at the bottom of the conduction band. The dichroism of CdWO4 is discussed in terms of the chain structure of WO66- octahedra in wolframite crystals. The present study indicates that the Cd metal states play a crucial role in the optical properties near the fundamental absorption edge in both CdMoO4 and CdWO4 .

  15. Laser Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Organometallic Anions.

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    Cheng, Chun-Lin

    This thesis presents the first gas phase spectroscopic study of the FeC, FeC_2, FeC _2H, and FeC_2H _2 molecules and the corresponding anions. This series of molecules, as well as the related species CoC, were studied by negative ion laser photoelectron spectroscopy at an instrumental resolution of 4 meV. The apparatus employed in these studies is described, and its intracavity argon ion laser system is discussed in detail. The negative ion photoelectron spectra of FeC and CoC yield ground state vibrational frequencies of 860 and 930 cm^{-1} for the neutral molecules, respectively, and 860 and 890 cm ^{-1} for the corresponding anions. These high vibrational frequencies indicate that the metal d orbitals are strongly involved in the bonding. Both photoelectron spectra show that the neutral molecule ground states are formed by detachment of an electron from a fairly nonbonding orbital. It is suggested that this orbital is primarily a metal 4s orbital which is polarized away from the carbon center. Molecular orbital diagrams for FeC and CoC are proposed, and their ground states are assigned as ^3Delta and ^3Sigma states, respectively. The electron affinities of FeC (1.381 +/- 0.008 eV) and CoC (1.498 +/- 0.007 eV) are also measured. In addition, more accurate values for the fine structure splittings in the atomic Fe^- and Co ^- anions are reported. The negative ion photoelectron spectra of FeC _2, FeC_2H and FeC_2H_2 yield electron affinities of 1.977, 1.456 and 1.342 ( +/-0.007) eV, respectively. Neutral molecule vibrational frequencies of 550, 460 and 480 cm ^{-1} are observed for the three systems, respectively, and assigned to the Fe-C stretching modes. Based upon these and other considerations, it is suggested that the three species observed here have a linear FeCC, a linear FeCCH and a C_{rm 2v} Fe(HCCH) structure. Molecular orbital diagrams and ground state assignments are proposed for the neutral molecules and the corresponding anions. Finally, the iterative

  16. The influence of surface chemistry on GSR particles: using XPS to complement SEM/EDS analytical techniques

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    Schwoeble, A. J.; Strohmeier, Brian R.; Piasecki, John D.

    2010-06-01

    Gunshot residue particles (GSR) were examined using scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) to illustrate the size, shape, morphology, and elemental composition normally observed in particulate resulting from a discharged firearm. Determining the presence of lead (Pb), antimony (Sb), and barium (Ba), barring other elemental tags, fused together in a single particle with the correct morphology, is all that is required for the positive identification of GSR. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), however, can reveal more detailed information on surface chemistry than SEM/EDS. XPS is a highly surface-sensitive (<= ~10 nm), non-destructive, analytical technique that provides qualitative information for all elements except hydrogen and helium. Nanometer-scale sampling depth and its ability to provide unique chemical state information make XPS a potential technique for providing important knowledge on the surface chemistry of GSR that complements results obtained from SEM/EDS analysis.

  17. Non-adiabatic effects in photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Schuurman, Michael; Yarkony, David

    2007-03-01

    Recent developments in the construction of approximately diabatic second-order Hamiltonians in the vicinity of conical intersections have been employed to study photoelectron spectra of molecules in which nonadiabatic effects are preeminent. Our current approach explicitly includes all non-adiabatic coupling terms through second order, while requiring ab initio data at only (N[int] + 3) or (N[int] + 15) points for two and three-state intersections, respectively, where N[int] is the number of internal coordinates. This scaling allows very accurate wave functions to be used. Since the Hamiltonian is determined at a point of conical intersection, the method is ``self-policing'' in that the ability of the resultant surfaces to reproduce the vicinity of seams of intersection, as well as energy minima and the Franck-Condon region, is easily verified. We will report photoelectron spectra determined from these diabatic representations employing a harmonic oscillator basis and a Lanczos solver algorithm to diagonalize the resultant vibronic Hamiltonian matrices. The results of some initial applications will be discussed, with emphasis on the previously studied five membered heterogeneous ring systems, pyrazolyl (C3H3N2) and pyrrolyl (C4H4N) doublet radicals. These systems are of particular interest since they display low-lying conical intersections adjacent to both the neutral ground state geometries and the Franck-Condon region.

  18. Effects of proton irradiation on single-stranded DNA studied by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Lee, E.; Lee, Cheol Eui; Han, J. H.

    2016-08-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been employed in order to study the effects of proton irradiation on herring sperm single-stranded DNA. Systematic changes of the chemical shifts in the C, N, O, and P XPS line components as functions of the irradiation dose were observed, indicative of the bonding configurations in the DNA system. While the C 1 s XPS lines showed weak blueshifts, the N 1 s, O 1 s, and P 2 p XPS lines showed blueshifts with a marked dependence on the irradiation dose in a prominent manner. Our results show that linear energy transfer by charged particles and photons may have distinct molecular-level effects as the C 1 s, N 1 s, O 1 s, and P 2 p XPS lines showed redshifts in our previous study of effects of the γ-ray irradiation on the same system.

  19. Energetic (above 60 eV) atmospheric photoelectrons

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    Winningham, J. D.; Decker, D. T.; Kozyra, J. U.; Nagy, A. F.; Jasperse, J. R.

    1989-01-01

    Data from low altitude plasma instrument (LAPI) on Dynamics Explorer 2 document a population of high-energy (up to 800 eV) atmospheric photoelectrons that has not been reported in the published literature. The source of these photoelectrons is postulated to be the soft X-ray portion of the whole sun spectrum. This conclusion is supported by sunrise-sunset characteristics that track those of the classical (below 60 eV) EUV-produced photoelectrons, and theoretical results from two models that incorporate the soft X-ray portion of the solar spectrum. The models include K-shell ionization effects and predict peaks in the photoelectron spectrum due to Auger electrons emitted from oxygen and nitrogen. The peak for nitrogen is observed as predicted, but the peak for oxygen is barely observable. Excellent quantitative agreement is achieved between theory and experiment by using reasonable adjustments to the few published soft X-ray spectra based on solar activity. The upflowing energetic photoelectrons provide a heretofore unknown source of electrons to the magnetosphere. They occur whenever and wherever the sun is up, that is, at all invariant latitudes. Their density is low, but they are steady and ubiquitous. If scattering and trapping occur on closed field lines, then photoelectrons could contribute as a significant particle source and thus represent a new facet of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

  20. XPS and STEM studies of Allende acid insoluble residues

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    Housley, R. M.; Clarke, D. R.

    1980-01-01

    Data on Allende acid residues obtained both before and after etching with hot HNO3 are presented. X-ray photoelectron spectra show predominantly carbonaceous material plus Fe-deficient chromite in both cases. The HNO3 oxidizes the carbonaceous material to some extent. The small chromites in these residues have a wide range of compositions somewhat paralleling those observed in larger Allende chromites and in Murchison chromites, especially in the high Al contents; however, they are deficient in divalent cations, which makes them metastable and indicates that they must have formed at relatively low temperatures. It is suggested that they formed by precipitation of Cr(3+) and Fe(3+) from olivine at low temperature or during rapid cooling.

  1. Sialolith characterization by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Giray, C Bahadir; Dogan, Meral; Akalin, Ayse; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Chan, Daniel C N; Skinner, H Catherine W; Dogan, A Umran

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this study has been to characterize sialolith, a calcium phosphate deposit that develops in the human oral cavity, by high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphological and chemical data obtained helped in the determination of their formation mechanism in salivary glands. Sialoliths in the submandibular salivary glands may arise secondary to sialodenitis, but not via a luminal organic nidus. We believe this is the first study that characterizes a sialolith by XPS.

  2. Energy band alignment at ferroelectric/electrode interface determined by photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Chen, Feng; Wu, Wen-Bin; Li, Shun-Yi; Andreas, Klein

    2014-01-01

    The most important interface-related quantities determined by band alignment are the barrier heights for charge transport, given by the Fermi level position at the interface. Taking Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) as a typical ferroelectric material and applying X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we briefly review the interface formation and barrier heights at the interfaces between PZT and electrodes made of various metals or conductive oxides. Polarization dependence of the Schottky barrier height at a ferroelectric/electrode interface is also directly observed using XPS.

  3. As-Received, Ozone Cleaned and Ar+ Sputtered Surfaces of Hafnium Oxide Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition and Studied by XPS

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    Engelhard, Mark H.; Herman, Jacob A.; Wallace, Robert; Baer, Donald R.

    2012-06-27

    In this study, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterization was performed on 47 nm thick hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) films grown by atomic layer deposition using TEMA-Hf/H{sub 2}O at 250 C substrate temperature. HfO{sub 2} is currently being studied as a possible replacement for Silicon Oxide (SiO{sub 2}) as a gate dielectric in electronics transistors. XPS spectra were collected on a Physical Electronics Quantum 2000 Scanning ESCA Microprobe using a monochromatic Al K{sub a} X-ray (1486.7 eV) excitation source. The sample was analyzed under the following conditions: as received, after UV irradiation for five minutes, and after sputter cleaning with 2 kV Ar{sup +} ions for 180 seconds. Survey scans showed carbon, oxygen, and hafnium as the major species in the film, while the only minor species of argon and carbide was detected after sputtering. Adventitious carbon initially composed approximately 18.6 AT% of the surface, but after UV cleaning it was reduced to 2.4 AT%. This demonstrated that that the majority of carbon was due to adventitious carbon. However, after 2 kV Ar{sup +} sputtering there was still only trace amounts of carbon at {approx}1 AT%, Some of this trace carbon is now in the form of a carbide due to the interaction with Ar{sup +} used for sputter cleaning. Furthermore, the stoiciometric ratio of oxygen and hafnium is consistent with a high quality HfO{sub 2} film.

  4. Chemical and morphological characterization of TSP and PM2.5 by SEM-EDS, XPS and XRD collected in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico

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    González, Lucy T.; Rodríguez, F. E. Longoria; Sánchez-Domínguez, M.; Leyva-Porras, C.; Silva-Vidaurri, L. G.; Acuna-Askar, Karim; Kharisov, B. I.; Villarreal Chiu, J. F.; Alfaro Barbosa, J. M.

    2016-10-01

    Total suspended particles (TSP) and particles smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) were collected at four sites in the metropolitan area of Monterrey (MAM) in Mexico. The samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). In order to determine the possible sources of emissions of atmospheric particulate matter, a principal component analysis (PCA) was performed. The XRD results showed that the major crystalline compounds found in the TPS were CaCO3 and SiO2; while in the PM2.5 CaSO4 was found. The XPS analysis showed that the main elements found on the surface of the particles were C, O, Si, Ca, S, and N. The deconvolution carried out on the high-resolution spectra for C1s, S2p and N1s, showed that the aromatics, sulfates and pyrrolic-amides were the main groups contributing to the signal of these elements, respectively. The C-rich particles presented a spherical morphology, while the Ca- and Si-based particles mostly showed a prismatic shape. The PCA analysis together with the results obtained from the characterization techniques, suggested that the main contributors to the CaCO3 particles collected in the PM were most probably produced and emitted into the atmosphere by local construction industries and exploitation of rich-deposits of calcite. Meanwhile, the SiO2 found in the MAM originated from the suspension of geological material abundant in the region, and the carbon particles were mainly produced by the combustion of fossil fuels.

  5. Insights into electrochemical reactions from ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Stoerzinger, Kelsey A; Hong, Wesley T; Crumlin, Ethan J; Bluhm, Hendrik; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2015-11-17

    The understanding of fundamental processes in the bulk and at the interfaces of electrochemical devices is a prerequisite for the development of new technologies with higher efficiency and improved performance. One energy storage scheme of great interest is splitting water to form hydrogen and oxygen gas and converting back to electrical energy by their subsequent recombination with only water as a byproduct. However, kinetic limitations to the rate of oxygen-based electrochemical reactions hamper the efficiency in technologies such as solar fuels, fuel cells, and electrolyzers. For these reactions, the use of metal oxides as electrocatalysts is prevalent due to their stability, low cost, and ability to store oxygen within the lattice. However, due to the inherently convoluted nature of electrochemical and chemical processes in electrochemical systems, it is difficult to isolate and study individual electrochemical processes in a complex system. Therefore, in situ characterization tools are required for observing related physical and chemical processes directly at the places where and while they occur and can help elucidate the mechanisms of charge separation and charge transfer at electrochemical interfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), also known as ESCA (electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis), has been used as a quantitative spectroscopic technique that measures the elemental composition, as well as chemical and electronic state of a material. Building from extensive ex situ characterization of electrochemical systems, initial in situ studies were conducted at or near ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions (≤10(-6) Torr) to probe solid-state electrochemical systems. However, through the integration of differential-pumping stages, XPS can now operate at pressures in the torr range, comprising a technique called ambient pressure XPS (AP-XPS). In this Account, we briefly review the working principles and current status of AP-XPS. We use several recent

  6. In situ surface-enhanced Raman scattering and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigation of coenzyme Q10 on silver electrode.

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    Li, Dan; Li, Da-Wei; Fossey, John S; Long, Yi-Tao

    2011-02-14

    In this study, coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)) has been investigated by in situ near-infrared Fourier transform surface-enhanced Raman scattering (NIR-FT-SERS) spectroelectrochemistry and angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR-XPS) on silver surface. The surface adsorption behavior of the coenzyme Q(10) radical intermediate could be monitored by potential-dependent SERS technique. At the applied potential lower than -0.30 V vs. SCE, the radical intermediate CoQ(10)H˙ stands perpendicularly on the silver surface with both oxygen atoms of the aromatic ring and isoprenoid side chains. When the applied potential is more positive than -0.30 V vs. SCE or at open circuit potential, the quinone ring (benzene ring) of reduced form of coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)H(2)) adopts a face-on surface configuration on the surface. The responsible mechanism for the potential-dependent SERS spectra is presented. Moreover, the adsorption conformation of CoQ(10) has been further confirmed by AR-XPS at the silver surface.

  7. Impact of water vapour and carbon dioxide on surface composition of C{sub 3}A polymorphs studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Dubina, E.; Plank, J.; Black, L.

    2015-07-15

    The surface specific analytical method, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), has been used to study the effects of water vapour and CO{sub 2} on the cubic and orthorhombic polymorphs of C{sub 3}A. Significant differences between the two polymorphs were observed in the XPS spectra. Upon exposure to water vapour, both polymorphs produced C{sub 4}AH{sub 13} on their surfaces. Additionally, the sodium-doped o-C{sub 3}A developed NaOH and traces of C{sub 3}AH{sub 6} on its surface. Subsequent carbonation yielded mono carboaluminate on both polymorphs. Large amounts of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} also formed on the surface of o-C{sub 3}A as a result of carbonation of NaOH. Furthermore, the extent of carbonation was much more pronounced for o-C{sub 3}A{sub o} than for c-C{sub 3}A.

  8. Interfacial chemistry and valence band offset between GaN and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Duan, T. L.; Ang, D. S.; Pan, J. S.

    2013-05-20

    The interface region between Ga-face n-type GaN and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} dielectric (achieved via atomic-layer deposition or ALD) is investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). An increase in the Ga-O to Ga-N bond intensity ratio following Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} deposition implies that the growth of an interfacial gallium sub-oxide (GaO{sub x}) layer occurred during the ALD process. This finding may be ascribed to GaN oxidation, which may still happen following the reduction of a thin native GaO{sub x} by trimethylaluminum (TMA) in the initial TMA-only cycles. The valence band offset between GaN and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, obtained using both core-level and valence band spectra, is found to vary with the thickness of the deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. This observation may be explained by an upward energy band bending at the GaN surface (due to the spontaneous polarization induced negative bound charge on the Ga-face GaN) and the intrinsic limitation of the XPS method for band offset determination.

  9. XPS study of reductive dissolution of birnessite by oxalate: Rates and mechanistic aspects of dissolution and redox processes

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    Banerjee, D.; Nesbitt, H.W.

    1999-10-01

    Reductive dissolution of synthetic 7{angstrom}-birnessite [MnO{sub 1.7}(OH){sub 0.25} or MnO{sub 1.95}] by Na-oxalate produces a Mn(III) intermediate reaction product (here represented as MnOOH) which subsequently reacts with sorbed (COO){sub 2}{sup {minus}2} to form an unreactive Mn(III)-oxalate surface complex at the solution-mineral interface. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) results from Mn2p{sub 3/2}, C1s and O1s spectra of reacted surfaces reveal that initially rapid production of CO{sub 2} results in accumulation of CO{sub 2} at the reaction interface. After about 15 min, the reaction rate decreases to the point where CO{sub 2} desorption keeps pace with accumulation. Surface concentrations of CO{sub 2} suggest that the rate of CO{sub 2} production decreases with time, until after 10 hr of reaction, it is undetectable. Reduction of Mn(IV) to Mn(III) suggests that the MnO{sub 2}-oxalate redox reaction proceeds as a transfer of one electron per metal center. There is no XPS evidence for reduction of Mn(III) from birnessite to Mn(II) in the presence of oxalate. Although this reaction proceeds in presence of arsenite, it is inhibited by oxalate, probably through formation of a strong Mn(III)-oxalate surface complex (either monodentate or bidentate). This hypothesis is consistent with Mn{sup 3+} (aq) stabilization by oxalate in aqueous solutions. Further study using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is required for a better understanding of the structure of the surface complexes. Rate of release of soluble Mn(II) to dilute oxalate solutions (5 x 10{sup {minus}4} M) is lower by an order of magnitude than the rate of release to aerated, distilled water at similar pH. Apparently, the process of proton-promoted dissolution of the soluble Mn(II) component of birnessite in distilled water is impeded by the addition of oxalate, probably by formation of a binuclear, bidentate surface complex between Mn(II, III) and adsorbed oxalate ions.

  10. First-principles core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy calculation on arsenic defects in silicon crystal

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    Kishi, Hiroki; Miyazawa, Miki; Matsushima, Naoki; Yamauchi, Jun

    2014-02-21

    We investigate the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) binding energies of As 3d in Si for various defects in neutral and charged states by first-principles calculation. It is found that the complexes of a substitutional As and a vacancy in charged and neutral states explain the experimentally observed unknown peak very well.

  11. Core-level spectra and molecular deformation in adsorption: V-shaped pentacene on Al(001)

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    Lin, He; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Floreano, Luca; Fratesi, Guido

    2015-01-01

    Summary By first-principle simulations we study the effects of molecular deformation on the electronic and spectroscopic properties as it occurs for pentacene adsorbed on the most stable site of Al(001). The rationale for the particular V-shaped deformed structure is discussed and understood. The molecule–surface bond is made evident by mapping the charge redistribution. Upon X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) from the molecule, the bond with the surface is destabilized by the electron density rearrangement to screen the core hole. This destabilization depends on the ionized carbon atom, inducing a narrowing of the XPS spectrum with respect to the molecules adsorbed hypothetically undistorted, in full agreement to experiments. When looking instead at the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra, individual contributions from the non-equivalent C atoms provide evidence of the molecular orbital filling, hybridization, and interchange induced by distortion. The alteration of the C–C bond lengths due to the V-shaped bending decreases by a factor of two the azimuthal dichroism of NEXAFS spectra, i.e., the energy splitting of the sigma resonances measured along the two in-plane molecular axes. PMID:26734516

  12. Toward new techniques to measure heterogeneous oxidation of aerosol: Electrodynamic Balance-Mass Spectrometry (EDB-MS) and Aerosol X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Jacobs, M. I.; Heine, N.; Xu, B.; Davies, J. F.; Kirk, B. B.; Kostko, O.; Alayoglu, S.; Wilson, K. R.; Ahmed, M.

    2015-12-01

    The chemical composition and physical properties of aerosol can be changed via heterogeneous oxidation with the OH radical. However, the physical state of the aerosol influences the kinetics of this reaction; liquid particles with a high diffusion coefficient are expected to be well mixed and homogenously oxidized, while oxidation of solid, diffusion-limited aerosol is expected to occur primarily on the surface, creating steep chemical gradients within the particle. We are working to develop several new techniques to study the heterogeneous oxidation of different types of aerosol. We are developing a "modular" electrodynamic balance (EDB) that will enable us to study heterogeneous oxidation at aqueous interfaces using a mass-spectrometer (and potentially other detection techniques). Using a direct analysis in real time (DART) interface, preliminary droplet train measurements have demonstrated single-droplet mass spectrometry to be possible. With long reaction times in our EDB, we will be able to study heterogeneous oxidation of a wide variety of organic species in aqueous droplets. Additionally, we are working to use aerosol photoemission and velocity map imaging (VMI) to study the surface of aerosol particles as they undergo heterogeneous oxidation. With VMI, we're able to collect electrons with a 4π collection efficiency over conventional electron energy analyzers. Preliminary results looking at the ozonolysis of squalene using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) show that heterogeneous oxidation kinetic data can be extracted from photoelectron spectra. By moving to X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), we will determine elemental and chemical composition of the aerosol surface. Thus, aerosol XPS will provide information on the steep chemical gradients that form as diffusion-limited aerosol undergo heterogeneous oxidation.

  13. Final-state effect on x-ray photoelectron spectrum of nominally d1 and n -doped d0 transition-metal oxides

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Hadamek, Tobias; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of nominally d1 and n -doped d0 transition-metal oxides including NbO2,SrVO3, and LaTiO3 (nominally d1), as well as n -doped SrTiO3 (nominally d0). In the case of single phase d1 oxides, we find that the XPS spectra (specifically photoelectrons from Nb 3 d , V 2 p , Ti 2 p core levels) all display at least two, and sometimes three distinct components, which can be consistently identified as d0,d1, and d2 oxidation states (with decreasing order in binding energy). Electron doping increases the d2 component but decreases the d0 component, whereas hole doping reverses this trend; a single d1 peak is never observed, and the d0 peak is always present even in phase-pure samples. In the case of n -doped SrTiO3, the d1 component appears as a weak shoulder with respect to the main d0 peak. We argue that these multiple peaks should be understood as being due to the final-state effect and are intrinsic to the materials. Their presence does not necessarily imply the existence of spatially localized ions of different oxidation states nor of separate phases. A simple model is provided to illustrate this interpretation, and several experiments are discussed accordingly. The key parameter to determine the relative importance between the initial-state and final-state effects is also pointed out.

  14. A single-source precursor approach to solution processed indium arsenide thin films† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Table listing selected bond lengths and angles for InAs precursor complex. Cross-sectional SEM of InAs thin film. XPS depth profile spectra of InAs thin film. Valence band XPS of InAs thin film and standard. CCDC 1477895. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c6tc02293f Click here for additional data file. Click here for additional data file.

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    Marchand, Peter; Sathasivam, Sanjayan; Williamson, Benjamin A. D.; Pugh, David; Bawaked, Salem M.; Basahel, Sulaiman N.; Obaid, Abdullah Y.; Scanlon, David O.; Parkin, Ivan P.

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of the novel single-source precursor, [{(MeInAstBu)3}2(Me2InAs(tBu)H)2] and the subsequent first report of aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition of InAs thin films. Owing to the use of the single-source precursor, highly crystalline and stoichiometric films were grown at a relatively low deposition temperature of 450 °C. Core level XPS depth profiling studies showed some partial oxidation of the film surface, however this was self-limiting and disappeared on etch profiles. Valence band XPS analysis matched well with the simulated density of state spectrum. Hall effect measurements performed on the films showed that the films were n-type with promising resistivity (3.6 × 10–3 Ω cm) and carrier mobility (410 cm2 V–1 s–1) values despite growth on amorphous glass substrates. PMID:27774150

  15. XPS and AFM Study of GaAs Surface Treatment

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    Contreras-Guerrero, R.; Wallace, R. M.; Aguirre-Francisco, S.; Herrera-Gomez, A.; Lopez-Lopez, M.

    2008-11-13

    Obtaining smooth and atomically clean surfaces is an important step in the preparation of a surface for device manufacturing. In this work different processes are evaluated for cleaning a GaAs surface. A good surface cleaning treatment is that which provides a high level of uniformity and controllability of the surface. Different techniques are useful as cleaning treatments depending on the growth process to be used. The goal is to remove the oxygen and carbon contaminants and then form a thin oxide film to protect the surface, which is easy to remove later with thermal desorption mechanism like molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with minimal impact to the surface. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) were used to characterize the structure of the surface, the composition, as well as detect oxygen and carbon contaminant on the GaAs surface. This study consists in two parts. The first part the surface was subjected to different chemical treatments. The chemical solutions were: (a)H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}:H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:H{sub 2}O(4:1:100), (b) HCl: H{sub 2}O(1:3), (c)NH{sub 4}OH 29%. The treatments (a) and (b) reduced the oxygen on the surface. Treatment (c) reduces carbon contamination. In the second part we made MOS devices on the surfaces treated. They were characterized by CV and IV electrical measurements. They show frequency dispersion.

  16. Reduction of copper oxides by UV radiation and atomic hydrogen studied by XPS

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    Fleisch, T. H.; Mains, G. J.

    The reduction of polycrystalline cupric oxide (CuO) and cuprous oxide (Cu 2O) by UV irradiation and by atomic hydrogen was investigated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA). UV photons from a low pressure mercury lamp(λ=2537A, hv=4.8cV) slowly reduce both CuO and Cu 2O at room temperature. After approximately 10 h of irradiation the sample surfaces appear completely reduced to metallic Cu. This indicates that after that time the top 30 A of the sample pellets, the approximate sampling depth of XPS, have been reduced. Further irradiation causes the reduction to progress through the pellet interior and bulk phase. The sample color changes from dark to metallic copper. Photochemically generated hydrogen atoms reduce copper oxides at ambient temperatures. The reduction rate is about 10 times faster than the one caused by UV light alone. The reduction of Cu 2O is in both cases slightly slower than the one of CuO. The degree of reduction has been calculated from XPS data in different ways involving the atomic ratio of O/Cu, the relative intensity of the shake-up structure of CuO, and changes in the structure of the Cu L 3M 45M 45 Auger line. Freshly reduced Cu surfaces are sensitive to air exposure. They oxidize easily to Cu 2O.

  17. XPS investigation of titanium contact formation to ZnO nanowires.

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    Barnett, Chris J; Castaing, Ambroise; Jones, Daniel R; Lewis, Aled R; Jenkins, Lewys J; Cobley, Richard J; Maffeis, Thierry G G

    2017-02-24

    Ti is often used to form an initial Ohmic interface between ZnO and Au due to its low work function, and the TiO2/ZnO heterojunction is also of great importance for many practical applications of nanoparticles. Here, Ti has been controllably deposited onto hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires and the formation of metal-semiconductor contact has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. XPS results showed that that the Ti initially reacts with surface oxygen species to form TiO2, and further deposition results in the formation of oxides with oxidation state numbers lower than four, and eventually metallic Ti on top of the TiO2. The formation of TiC was also observed. XPS showed that the onset of metallic Ti coincided with a Zn 3p core level shift to lower binding energy, indicating upwards band bending and the formation of a rectifying contact. Annealing caused a near-complete conversion of the metallic Ti to TiO2 and caused the Zn 3p to shift back to its original higher binding energy, resulting in downwards band bending and a more Ohmic contact. PL measurements showed that the optical properties of the nanowires are not affected by the contact formation.

  18. XPS Investigation of Surface Secondary Phase Segregation in CIGS Thin Film

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    Al-Thani, H. A.; Abdullah, M. M.; Hasoon, F. S.

    2011-01-01

    Cu(In, Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) thin films were deposited on Molybdenum (Mo) coated soda lime glass (SLG/Mo) substrates, using physical vapor deposition (PVD) 3-stage process. The Mo thin films were sputtered on SLG substrates using DC planar magnetron sputtering at a working gas (Ar) pressure that varies from 0.8 mT to 12 mT with a sputtering power density of 1.2 W/cm{sub 2}. The sputtering pressure of Mo thin films was varied in order to induce variations in the sputtered films morphology and porosity; as well as to subsequently induce variations in the Na out-diffusion from SLG substrate. The surface chemistry of CIGS thin films was investigated by X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The XPS surface surveys (top 30A) and depth profiling survey (top 100A) for the elements, their chemical states, and their relative concentration were analyzed for CIGS thin films. The XPS surface analysis and composition of CIGS thin films were correlated to the bulk composition and Na out-diffusion in the CIGS films from SLG substrates.

  19. Morphological, chemical and structural characterisation of deciduous enamel: SEM, EDS, XRD, FTIR and XPS analysis.

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    Zamudio-Ortega, C M; Contreras-Bulnes, R; Scougall-Vilchis, R J; Morales-Luckie, R A; Olea-Mejía, O F; Rodríguez-Vilchis, L E

    2014-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to characterise the enamel surface of sound deciduous teeth in terms of morphology, chemical composition, structure and crystalline phases. The enamel of 30 human deciduous teeth was examined by: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Chemical differences between incisors and canines were statistically evaluated using the Mann-Whitney U test (p ≤ 0.05). Three enamel patterns were observed by SEM: 'mostly smooth with some groves', 'abundant microporosities' and 'exposed prisms'. The average Ca/P molar ratios were 1.37 and 1.03 by EDS and XPS, respectively. The crystallite size determined by XRD was 210.82 ± 16.78 Å. The mean ratio between Ca bonded to phosphate and Ca bonded to hydroxyl was approximately 10:1. The enamel of sound deciduous teeth showed two main patterns: 'mostly smooth with some groves' and 'abundant microporosities'. 'Exposed prisms' was a secondary pattern. There were slight variations among the Ca/P molar ratios found by EDS and XPS, suggesting differences in the mineral content from the enamel surface to the interior. The crystalline phases found in enamel were hydroxyapatite and carbonate apatite, with major type B than type A carbonate incorporation.

  20. XPS investigation of titanium contact formation to ZnO nanowires

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    Barnett, Chris J.; Castaing, Ambroise; Jones, Daniel R.; Lewis, Aled R.; Jenkins, Lewys J.; Cobley, Richard J.; Maffeis, Thierry G. G.

    2017-02-01

    Ti is often used to form an initial Ohmic interface between ZnO and Au due to its low work function, and the TiO2/ZnO heterojunction is also of great importance for many practical applications of nanoparticles. Here, Ti has been controllably deposited onto hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires and the formation of metal-semiconductor contact has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. XPS results showed that that the Ti initially reacts with surface oxygen species to form TiO2, and further deposition results in the formation of oxides with oxidation state numbers lower than four, and eventually metallic Ti on top of the TiO2. The formation of TiC was also observed. XPS showed that the onset of metallic Ti coincided with a Zn 3p core level shift to lower binding energy, indicating upwards band bending and the formation of a rectifying contact. Annealing caused a near-complete conversion of the metallic Ti to TiO2 and caused the Zn 3p to shift back to its original higher binding energy, resulting in downwards band bending and a more Ohmic contact. PL measurements showed that the optical properties of the nanowires are not affected by the contact formation.

  1. Peak position differences observed during XPS sputter depth profiling of the SEI on lithiated and delithiated carbon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Oswald, S.; Hoffmann, M.; Zier, M.

    2017-04-01

    The ability of delivering chemical information from peak shift phenomena has ever since made X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) an ideal tool for material characterization in Li-ion batteries (LIB). Upon investigation, charging is inevitable as most of the chemical species involved are non-conducting. Thus, the binding energy (BE) scale must be corrected to allow an accurate interpretation of the results. This is usually done using the peak position of the ubiquitous surface carbon contamination detectable for all Li-ion battery relevant materials. We herein report on the occurrence of peak shift phenomena that can be observed when investigating surface layers on graphite anodes using sputter depth-profiling. These shifts, however, are not related to classical static electric charging, but are depending on the state of charge (lithiation) of the anode material. The observations presented are in agreement with previous findings on other Li-containing materials and are obviously caused by the presence of Li in its elemental state. As aging and failure mechanisms in LIBs are closely linked to electrolyte reaction products on electrode surfaces it is of high importance to draw the correct conclusions on their chemical origin from XP spectra. In order to avoid misinterpretation of the BE positions, implanted Ar can be used for identification of relevant peak positions and species involved in the phenomena observed.

  2. Composition-dependent structure of polycrystalline magnetron-sputtered V–Al–C–N hard coatings studied by XRD, XPS, XANES and EXAFS

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    Krause, Bärbel; Darma, Susan; Kaufholz, Marthe; Mangold, Stefan; Doyle, Stephen; Ulrich, Sven; Leiste, Harald; Stüber, Michael; Baumbach, Tilo

    2013-01-01

    V–Al–C–N hard coatings with high carbon content were deposited by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering using an experimental combinatorial approach, deposition from a segmented sputter target. The composition-dependent coexisting phases within the coating were analysed using the complementary methods of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). For the analysis of the X-ray absorption near-edge spectra, a new approach for evaluation of the pre-edge peak was developed, taking into account the self-absorption effects in thin films. Within the studied composition range, a mixed face-centred cubic (V,Al)(C,N) phase coexisting with a C–C-containing phase was observed. No indication of hexagonal (V,Al)(N,C) was found. The example of V–Al–C–N demonstrates how important a combination of complementary methods is for the detection of coexisting phases in complex multi-element coatings. PMID:24046506

  3. Composition-dependent structure of polycrystalline magnetron-sputtered V-Al-C-N hard coatings studied by XRD, XPS, XANES and EXAFS.

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    Krause, Bärbel; Darma, Susan; Kaufholz, Marthe; Mangold, Stefan; Doyle, Stephen; Ulrich, Sven; Leiste, Harald; Stüber, Michael; Baumbach, Tilo

    2013-08-01

    V-Al-C-N hard coatings with high carbon content were deposited by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering using an experimental combinatorial approach, deposition from a segmented sputter target. The composition-dependent coexisting phases within the coating were analysed using the complementary methods of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). For the analysis of the X-ray absorption near-edge spectra, a new approach for evaluation of the pre-edge peak was developed, taking into account the self-absorption effects in thin films. Within the studied composition range, a mixed face-centred cubic (V,Al)(C,N) phase coexisting with a C-C-containing phase was observed. No indication of hexagonal (V,Al)(N,C) was found. The example of V-Al-C-N demonstrates how important a combination of complementary methods is for the detection of coexisting phases in complex multi-element coatings.

  4. Valence Electronic Structure of Aqueous Solutions: Insights from Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Bradforth, Stephen E.

    2016-05-01

    The valence orbital electron binding energies of water and of embedded solutes are crucial quantities for understanding chemical reactions taking place in aqueous solution, including oxidation/reduction, transition-metal coordination, and radiation chemistry. Their experimental determination based on liquid-photoelectron spectroscopy using soft X-rays is described, and we provide an overview of valence photoelectron spectroscopy studies reported to date. We discuss principal experimental aspects and several theoretical approaches to compute the measured binding energies of the least tightly bound molecular orbitals. Solutes studied are presented chronologically, from simple electrolytes, via transition-metal ion solutions and several organic and inorganic molecules, to biologically relevant molecules, including aqueous nucleotides and their components. In addition to the lowest vertical ionization energies, the measured valence photoelectron spectra also provide information on adiabatic ionization energies and reorganization energies for the oxidation (ionization) half-reaction. For solutes with low solubility, resonantly enhanced ionization provides a promising alternative pathway.

  5. Solvated Electrons in Clusters: Magic Numbers for the Photoelectron Anisotropy.

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    West, Adam H C; Yoder, Bruce L; Luckhaus, David; Signorell, Ruth

    2015-12-17

    This paper reports on a curiosity concerning magic numbers in neutral molecular clusters, namely on magic numbers related to the photoelectron anisotropy in angle-resolved photoelectron spectra. With a combination of density functional calculations and experiment, we search for magic numbers in Na(H2O)n, Na(NH3)n, Na(CH3OH)n, and Na(CH3OCH3)n clusters. In clusters of high symmetry, the highest occupied molecular orbital can be delocalized over an extended region, forming a symmetric charge distribution of high s character, which results in a pronounced anisotropy in the photoelectron angular distribution. We find magic numbers at n = 6 and 4 for sodium-doped dimethyl ether and ammonia clusters, respectively, but not for sodium-doped water and methanol clusters, which is likely a consequence of the degree of hydrogen bonding and the number of structural isomers.

  6. Valence Electronic Structure of Aqueous Solutions: Insights from Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Bradforth, Stephen E

    2016-05-27

    The valence orbital electron binding energies of water and of embedded solutes are crucial quantities for understanding chemical reactions taking place in aqueous solution, including oxidation/reduction, transition-metal coordination, and radiation chemistry. Their experimental determination based on liquid-photoelectron spectroscopy using soft X-rays is described, and we provide an overview of valence photoelectron spectroscopy studies reported to date. We discuss principal experimental aspects and several theoretical approaches to compute the measured binding energies of the least tightly bound molecular orbitals. Solutes studied are presented chronologically, from simple electrolytes, via transition-metal ion solutions and several organic and inorganic molecules, to biologically relevant molecules, including aqueous nucleotides and their components. In addition to the lowest vertical ionization energies, the measured valence photoelectron spectra also provide information on adiabatic ionization energies and reorganization energies for the oxidation (ionization) half-reaction. For solutes with low solubility, resonantly enhanced ionization provides a promising alternative pathway.

  7. Reactivity of the nitro-group of a π-conjugated polymer upon the interface formation with chromium: a photoelectron spectroscopy investigation

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    Iucci, G.; Polzonetti, G.; Altamura, P.; Paolucci, G.; Goldoni, A.; D'Amato, R.; Russo, M. V.

    1999-12-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used in order to investigate the interface formation between chromium and thin films of a newly synthesised π-conjugated polymer P(PA- pNO 2PA); the investigated material is a block copolymer consisting of phenylacetylene (PA) and para-nitro phenylacetylene ( pNO 2PA) units {[-(CHC-R) n-(CHC-R') m-] N; RC 6H 5, R'C 6H 4NO 2}. Chromium was evaporated stepwise in situ onto the polymer surface and the XPS spectra of the substrate polymer and of the metal overlayer were studied as a function of increasing chromium thickness. In the early stages of the interface formation, chromium was found to interact mainly with the nitrogen atoms of the -NO 2 groups, that are reduced to nitride-like species; the N-O bond is broken, as evidenced by the modifications occurring in the N1s and O1s spectra. The changes in the C1s spectra upon increasing metal deposition suggest the formation of a chromium-arene π-complex at low chromium coverage and of carbide-like species at higher chromium thickness.

  8. Comparative study of GeO2/Ge and SiO2/Si structures on anomalous charging of oxide films upon water adsorption revealed by ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Mori, Daichi; Oka, Hiroshi; Hosoi, Takuji; ...

    2016-09-02

    The energy difference between the oxide and bulk peaks in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra was investigated in this paper for both GeO2/Ge and SiO2/Si structures with thickness-controlled water films. This was achieved by obtaining XPS spectra at various values of relative humidity (RH) of up to ~15%. The increase in the energy shift is more significant for thermal GeO2 on Ge than for thermal SiO2 on Si above ~10-4% RH, which is due to the larger amount of water molecules that infiltrate into the GeO2 film to form hydroxyls. Analyzing the origins of this energy shift, we propose thatmore » the positive charging of a partially hydroxylated GeO2 film, which is unrelated to X-ray irradiation, causes the larger energy shift for GeO2/Ge than for SiO2/Si. A possible microscopic mechanism of this intrinsic positive charging is the emission of electrons from adsorbed water species in the suboxide layer of the GeO2 film to the Ge bulk, leaving immobile cations or positively charged states in the oxide. Finally, this may be related to the reported negative shift of flat band voltages in metal-oxide-semiconductor diodes with an air-exposed GeO2 layer.« less

  9. Comparative study of GeO2/Ge and SiO2/Si structures on anomalous charging of oxide films upon water adsorption revealed by ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Mori, Daichi; Oka, Hiroshi; Hosoi, Takuji; Kawai, Kentaro; Morita, Mizuho; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Liu, Zhi; Watanabe, Heiji; Arima, Kenta

    2016-09-01

    The energy difference between the oxide and bulk peaks in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra was investigated for both GeO2/Ge and SiO2/Si structures with thickness-controlled water films. This was achieved by obtaining XPS spectra at various values of relative humidity (RH) of up to ˜15%. The increase in the energy shift is more significant for thermal GeO2 on Ge than for thermal SiO2 on Si above ˜10-4% RH, which is due to the larger amount of water molecules that infiltrate into the GeO2 film to form hydroxyls. Analyzing the origins of this energy shift, we propose that the positive charging of a partially hydroxylated GeO2 film, which is unrelated to X-ray irradiation, causes the larger energy shift for GeO2/Ge than for SiO2/Si. A possible microscopic mechanism of this intrinsic positive charging is the emission of electrons from adsorbed water species in the suboxide layer of the GeO2 film to the Ge bulk, leaving immobile cations or positively charged states in the oxide. This may be related to the reported negative shift of flat band voltages in metal-oxide-semiconductor diodes with an air-exposed GeO2 layer.

  10. Comparative study of GeO{sub 2}/Ge and SiO{sub 2}/Si structures on anomalous charging of oxide films upon water adsorption revealed by ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Mori, Daichi; Kawai, Kentaro; Morita, Mizuho; Arima, Kenta; Oka, Hiroshi; Hosoi, Takuji; Watanabe, Heiji; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Liu, Zhi

    2016-09-07

    The energy difference between the oxide and bulk peaks in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra was investigated for both GeO{sub 2}/Ge and SiO{sub 2}/Si structures with thickness-controlled water films. This was achieved by obtaining XPS spectra at various values of relative humidity (RH) of up to ∼15%. The increase in the energy shift is more significant for thermal GeO{sub 2} on Ge than for thermal SiO{sub 2} on Si above ∼10{sup −4}% RH, which is due to the larger amount of water molecules that infiltrate into the GeO{sub 2} film to form hydroxyls. Analyzing the origins of this energy shift, we propose that the positive charging of a partially hydroxylated GeO{sub 2} film, which is unrelated to X-ray irradiation, causes the larger energy shift for GeO{sub 2}/Ge than for SiO{sub 2}/Si. A possible microscopic mechanism of this intrinsic positive charging is the emission of electrons from adsorbed water species in the suboxide layer of the GeO{sub 2} film to the Ge bulk, leaving immobile cations or positively charged states in the oxide. This may be related to the reported negative shift of flat band voltages in metal-oxide-semiconductor diodes with an air-exposed GeO{sub 2} layer.

  11. Photoelectron circular dichroism of isopropanolamine

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    Catone, D.; Turchini, S.; Contini, G.; Prosperi, T.; Stener, M.; Decleva, P.; Zema, N.

    2017-01-01

    Spectroscopies based on circular polarized light are sensitive to the electronic and structural properties of chiral molecules. Photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) is a powerful technique that combines the chiral sensitivity of the circular polarized light and the electronic information obtained by photoelectron spectroscopy. An experimental and theoretical PECD study of the outer valence and C 1s core states of 1-amino-2-propanol in the gas phase is presented. The experimental dichroic dispersions in the photoelectron kinetic energy are compared with theoretical calculations employing a multicentric basis set of B-spline functions and a Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. In order to understand analogies and differences in the dichroism of structural isomers bearing the same functional groups, a comparison with previous PECD study of valence band of 2-amino-1-propanol is carried out.

  12. Versatile cluster based photoelectron spectrometer

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    Knappenberger, K. L. Jr.; Jones, C. E. Jr.; Sobhy, M. A.; Castleman, A. W. Jr.

    2006-12-15

    A recently constructed cluster based photoelectron spectrometer is described. This instrumentation is unique in that it enables the kinetic energy analysis of electrons ejected from both anions and neutral clusters. This capability permits the investigation of discrete electronic levels in all charge states (anionic, neutral, and cationic). A laser vaporization plasma reactor cluster source affixed with a sublimation cell is employed to produce a variety of metal clusters, and the resulting cluster distributions are analyzed with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The corresponding electronic structure is analyzed with a 'magnetic bottle' photoelectron spectrometer. Examples of instrument performance operating in both anion photodetachment and neutral multiphoton ionization (MPI) modes are provided. In the case of neutral MPI, the corresponding product distribution is collected with a Wiley-McLaren [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 26, 1150 (1955)] mass spectrometer mounted perpendicular to the magnetic bottle photoelectron spectrometer.

  13. Structural Studies of Sputtered MoS(2) Films by Angle-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    1984-09-06

    Additional information concerning the electron orbitals involved in the photoelectron transition and any layering of the atoms com- posing the surface... ENERGY , eV Fig. 2. XPS spectrum of MoS 2 single crystal (molybdenite). Changes occurring in a material’s chemistry can be determined from the values...of the binding energies of peak maxima, data on peak shape, and ratios of peak intensities.5- 7 Such changes could be associated with adsorption onto

  14. Sample-morphology effects on x-ray photoelectron peak intensities. II. Estimation of detection limits for thin-film materials

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    Powell, Cedric J.; Werner, Wolfgang S. M.; Smekal, Werner

    2014-09-01

    The authors show that the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the simulation of electron spectra for surface analysis (SESSA) can be used to determine detection limits for thin-film materials such as a thin film on a substrate or buried at varying depths in another material for common x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurement conditions. Illustrative simulations were made for a W film on or in a Ru matrix and for a Ru film on or in a W matrix. In the former case, the thickness of a W film at a given depth in the Ru matrix was varied so that the intensity of the W 4d{sub 5/2} peak was essentially the same as that for a homogeneous RuW{sub 0.001} alloy. Similarly, the thickness of a Ru film at a selected depth in the W matrix was varied so that the intensity of the Ru 3p{sub 3/2} peak matched that from a homogeneous WRu{sub 0.01} alloy. These film thicknesses correspond to the detection limits of each minor component for measurement conditions where the detection limits for a homogeneous sample varied between 0.1 at. % (for the RuW{sub 0.001} alloy) and 1 at. % (for the WRu{sub 0.01} alloy). SESSA can be similarly used to convert estimates of XPS detection limits for a minor species in a homogeneous solid to the corresponding XPS detection limits for that species as a thin film on or buried in the chosen solid.

  15. Photoelectron spectra and electron structures of some boron. beta. -diketonates

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    Borisenko, A.V.; Vovna, V.I.; Gorachakov, V.V.; Korotkikh, O.A.

    1987-07-01

    The authors have recorded PES in the vapor state for F/sub 2/B(AA-H), F/sub 2/B(AA-Br), F/sub 2/B(BAA-H), Bu/sub 2/B(AA-H), (AA = CH/sub 3/COCCOCH/sub 3/, BAA = C/sub 6/H/sub 5/COCCOCH/sub 3/). The bonding character of the MO and the substitution effects were examined from CNDO/2 calculations for the molecules that had been examined by experiment and certain model ones. To simplify the calculations, they did not incorporate the asymmetry in the coordinated unit.

  16. Vibrationally Resolved Photoelectron Spectra of Si(3)- and Si(4)-

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    1990-08-01

    3- and Si4- by T. N. Kitsopoulos, C. J. Chick, A. Weaver, and D. M. Neumark Submitted to the Journal of Chemical Physics : ’ " ., AUG 1 , ’J Ř...Diay ISAGE COUNT Interim Technical lpRIOM Jan 90 Y. July 90 190-7-31 15 1S. S..JPPLEMENTARY NOTATION Prepared for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics 17

  17. On Interpreting the Photoelectron Spectra of MgO

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The (sup 2)Sigma(+) and (sup 2)Pi states of MgO(-) and the (sup 1)Sigma(+), (sup 1)Pi, and (sup 3)Pi states of MgO are studied using the averaged coupled-pair functional (ACPF) approach. The computed spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The computed Franck-Condon factors and photodetachment overlaps are compared with experiment.

  18. Photoelectron photoion molecular beam spectroscopy

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    Trevor, D.J.

    1980-12-01

    The use of supersonic molecular beams in photoionization mass spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy to assist in the understanding of photoexcitation in the vacuum ultraviolet is described. Rotational relaxation and condensation due to supersonic expansion were shown to offer new possibilities for molecular photoionization studies. Molecular beam photoionization mass spectroscopy has been extended above 21 eV photon energy by the use of Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) facilities. Design considerations are discussed that have advanced the state-of-the-art in high resolution vuv photoelectron spectroscopy. To extend gas-phase studies to 160 eV photon energy, a windowless vuv-xuv beam line design is proposed.

  19. Photoelectron backscattering in vacuum phototubes

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    Lubsandorzhiev, B. K.; Vasiliev, R. V.; Vyatchin, Y. E.; Shaibonov, B. A. J.

    2006-11-01

    In this article we describe results of studies of a photoelectron backscattering effect in vacuum phototubes: classical photomultipliers (PMT) and hybrid phototubes (PH). Late pulses occurring in PMTs are attributed to the photoelectron backscattering and distinguished from pulses due to an anode glow effect. The late pulses are measured in a number of PMTs and HPs with various photocathode sizes covering 1 50 cm range and different types of the first dynode materials and construction designs. It is shown that the late pulses are a generic feature of all vacuum photodetectors—PMTs and PHs—and they do not deteriorate dramatically amplitude and timing responses of vacuum phototubes.

  20. Chemical Analysis of the Interface in Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Depth Profiling.

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    Busby, Yan; List-Kratochvil, Emil J W; Pireaux, Jean-Jacques

    2017-02-01

    Despite the wide use of blends combining an organic p-type polymer and molecular fullerene-based electron acceptor, the proper characterization of such bulk heterojunction materials is still challenging. To highlight structure-to-function relations and improve the device performance, advanced tools and strategies need to be developed to characterize composition and interfaces with sufficient accuracy. In this work, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is combined with very low energy argon ion beam sputtering to perform a nondestructive depth profile chemical analysis on full Al/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/ITO (P3HT, poly(3-hexylthiophene); PCBM, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester; PEDOT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene; PSS, polystyrenesulfonate; ITO, indium tin oxide) bulk-heterojunction solar cell device stacks. Key information, such as P3HT and PCBM composition profiles and Al-PCBM chemical bonding, are deduced in this basic device structure. The interface chemical analysis allows us to evidence, with unprecedented accuracy, the inhomogeneous distribution of PCBM, characterized by a strong segregation toward the top metal electrode. The chemical analysis high-resolution spectra allows us to reconstruct P3HT/PCBM ratio through the active layer depth and correlate with the device deposition protocol and performance. Results evidence an inhomogeneous P3HT/PCBM ratio and poorly controllable PCBM migration, which possibly explains the limited light-to-power conversion efficiency in this basic device structure. The work illustrates the high potential of XPS depth profile analysis for studying such organic/inorganic device stacks.

  1. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of High-κ Dielectrics

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    Mathew, A.; Demirkan, K.; Wang, C.-G.; Wilk, G. D.; Watson, D. G.; Opila, R. L.

    2005-09-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy is a powerful technique for the analysis of gate dielectrics because it can determine the elemental composition, the chemical states, and the compositional depth profiles non-destructively. The sampling depth, determined by the escape depth of the photoelectrons, is comparable to the thickness of current gate oxides. A maximum entropy algorithm was used to convert photoelectron collection angle dependence of the spectra to compositional depth profiles. A nitrided hafnium silicate film is used to demonstrate the utility of the technique. The algorithm balances deviations from a simple assumed depth profile against a calculated depth profile that best fits the angular dependence of the photoelectron spectra. A flow chart of the program is included in this paper. The development of the profile is also shown as the program is iterated. Limitations of the technique include the electron escape depths and elemental sensitivity factors used to calculate the profile. The technique is also limited to profiles that extend to the depth of approximately twice the escape depth. These limitations restrict conclusions to comparison among a family of similar samples. Absolute conclusions about depths and concentrations must be used cautiously. Current work to improve the algorithm is also described.

  2. X-ray photoelectron and mass spectroscopic study of electron irradiation and thermal stability of polytetrafluoroethylene

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    Wheeler, Donald R.; Pepper, Stephen V.

    1990-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) was subjected to 3 keV electron bombardment and then heated in vacuum to 300 C. The behavior of the material as a function of radiation dose and temperature was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the surface and mass spectroscopy of the species evolved. A quantitative comparison of the radiation dose rate with that in other reported studies showed that, for a given total dose, the damage observed by XPS is greater for higher dose rates. Lightly damaged material heated to 300 C evolved saturated fluorocarbon species, whereas unsaturated fluorocarbon species evolved from heavily damaged material. After heating the heavily damaged material, those features in the XPS that were associated with damage diminished, giving the appearance that the radiation damage annealed. The apparent annealing of the radiation damage was found to be due to the covering of the network by saturated fragments that easily diffused through the decomposed material to the surface region upon heating.

  3. Vibrationally-resolved polyatomic photoelectron spectroscopy: Mode-specific behavior

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    Rathbone, G. J.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Bozek, J. D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2002-05-01

    We report the first vibrationally-resolved photoelectron spectra for polyatomic molecules performed over a broad spectral range. Such studies elucidate vibrationally mode-specific aspects of the photoelectron scattering dynamics. Three linear triatomic systems (CO_2, N_2O, and CS_2) are studied, and the results exhibit striking differences for alternative modes. For CO_2^+(C^2Σ_g^+), a continuum resonance results in a 15 eV wide dip for the symmetric stretch branching ratio, while strong peaks are observed for vibrational branching ratios associated with the two symmetry forbidden modes. For CS_2^+(B^2Σ_u^+), mode-specific behavior is displayed, as resonance enhancement of a single quantum excitation is weak for the symmetric stretch, but strong for the bending vibration. For N_2O^+(A^2Σ^+), many vibrational excitations are observed and families of vibrational branching ratio spectra emerge.

  4. The electron spectro-microscopy beamline at National Synchrotron Light Source II: A wide photon energy range, micro-focusing beamlinefor photoelectron spectro-microscopies

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    Reininger R.; Hulbert L.; Johnson P.D.; Sadowski, J.T.; Starr, D.E.; Chubar, O.; Valla, T.; Vescovo, E.

    2012-02-13

    A comprehensive optical design for a high-resolution, high-flux, wide-energy range, micro-focused beamline working in the vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray photon energy range is proposed. The beamline is to provide monochromatic radiation to three photoelectron microscopes: a full-field x-ray photoelectron emission microscope and two scanning instruments, one dedicated to angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy ({micro}-ARPES) and one for ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning photoelectron microscopy (AP-XPS/SPEM). Microfocusing is achieved with state of the art elliptical cylinders, obtaining a spot size of 1 {micro}m for ARPES and 0.5 {micro}m for AP-XPS/SPEM. A detailed ray tracing analysis quantitatively evaluates the overall beamline performances.

  5. The electron spectro-microscopy beamline at National Synchrotron Light Source II: A wide photon energy range, micro-focusing beamline for photoelectron spectro-microscopies

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    Reininger, R.; Hulbert, S. L.; Chubar, O.; Vescovo, E.; Johnson, P. D.; Valla, T.; Sadowski, J. T.; Starr, D. E.

    2012-02-15

    A comprehensive optical design for a high-resolution, high-flux, wide-energy range, micro-focused beamline working in the vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray photon energy range is proposed. The beamline is to provide monochromatic radiation to three photoelectron microscopes: a full-field x-ray photoelectron emission microscope and two scanning instruments, one dedicated to angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy ({mu}-ARPES) and one for ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning photoelectron microscopy (AP-XPS/SPEM). Microfocusing is achieved with state of the art elliptical cylinders, obtaining a spot size of 1 {mu}m for ARPES and 0.5 {mu}m for AP-XPS/SPEM. A detailed ray tracing analysis quantitatively evaluates the overall beamline performances.

  6. A spin- and angle-resolving photoelectron spectrometer

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    Berntsen, M. H.; Tjernberg, O.; Palmgren, P.; Leandersson, M.; Hahlin, A.; Aahlund, J.; Wannberg, B.; Maansson, M.

    2010-03-15

    A new type of hemispherical electron energy analyzer that permits angle and spin resolved photoelectron spectroscopy has been developed. The analyzer permits standard angle resolved spectra to be recorded with a two-dimensional detector in parallel with spin detection using a mini-Mott polarimeter. General design considerations as well as technical solutions are discussed and test results from the Au(111) surface state are presented.

  7. Photoelectron spectroscopy of carbonyls: saturated normal dicarboxylic acids

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Meeks, J.L.; Findley, G.L.; McGlynn, S.P.

    1981-04-16

    The ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of oxalic, malonic, succinic, glutaric, and adipic acids, and various of their simple derivatives, are presented and discussed. The four lowest-energy ionization events, (I(n/sub +/), I(n/sub -), I (..pi../sub +/), I(..pi../sub -/)), are assigned in all cases. Higher ionization events are not assigned because of molecule-limited resolution in the higher-energy UPS region.

  8. Use of XPS to Quantify Thickness of Coatings on Nanoparticles

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    Baer, Donald R.; Wang, Yung-Cheng; Castner, David G.

    2016-03-01

    XPS and other surface sensitive methods are being increasingly used to extract quantitative information about organic and inorganic coatings and contamination on nanoparticles. The extraction of coating thickness information requires combining known information about particle diameter from other measurements, such as electron microscopy, combined with a model that includes the physical processes associated with XPS, including electron path lengths, and particle geometry. Advantages of using XPS include the sensitivity to very thin coatings (or surface contamination) and the abillity to extract important information about organic layers. Single particle information from electron microsocpy combined XPS sensitivity to determine an average coating structure and composition make a powerful combination for nanoparticle anlaysis.

  9. Characterization of photocatalytic TiO2 powder under varied environments using near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Krishnan, Padmaja; Liu, Minghui; Itty, Pierre A.; Liu, Zhi; Rheinheimer, Vanessa; Zhang, Min-Hong; Monteiro, Paulo J. M.; Yu, Liya E.

    2017-02-01

    Consecutive eight study phases under the successive presence and absence of UV irradiation, water vapor, and oxygen were conducted to characterize surface changes in the photocatalytic TiO2 powder using near-ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Both Ti 2p and O 1s spectra show hysteresis through the experimental course. Under all the study environments, the bridging hydroxyl (OHbr) and terminal hydroxyl (OHt) are identified at 1.1–1.3 eV and 2.1–2.3 eV above lattice oxygen, respectively. This enables novel and complementary approach to characterize reactivity of TiO2 powder. The dynamic behavior of surface-bound water molecules under each study environment is identified, while maintaining a constant distance of 1.3 eV from the position of water vapor. In the dark, the continual supply of both water vapor and oxygen is the key factor retaining the activated state of the TiO2 powder for a time period. Two new surface peaks at 1.7–1.8 and 4.0–4.2 eV above lattice oxygen are designated as peroxides (OOH/H2O2) and H2O2 dissolved in water, respectively. The persistent peroxides on the powder further explain previously observed prolonged oxidation capability of TiO2 powder without light irradiation.

  10. Photoelectron spectroscopy study of AlN films grown on n-type 6H-SiC by MOCVD

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    Liang, F.; Chen, P.; Zhao, D. G.; Jiang, D. S.; Zhao, Z. J.; Liu, Z. S.; Zhu, J. J.; Yang, J.; Liu, W.; He, X. G.; Li, X. J.; Li, X.; Liu, S. T.; Yang, H.; Liu, J. P.; Zhang, L. Q.; Zhang, Y. T.; Du, G. T.

    2016-09-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy has been employed to analyze the content and chemical states of the elements on the surface of AlN films with different thickness, which are synthesized by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on the n-type SiC substrates under low pressure. It is found that, besides the carbon and gallium on the AlN surface, the atom percentage of surface oxygen increases from 4.9 to 8.4, and the electron affinity also increases from 0.36 to 0.97 eV, when the thickness of AlN films increase from 50 to 400 nm. Furthermore, accompanying with the high-resolution XPS spectra of the O 1s, it is speculated that surface oxygen may be the major influence on the electron affinity, where the surface oxygen changes the surface chemical states through replacing N to form Al-O bond and Ga-O bond, although there are also a few of Ga and C contaminations in the chemical sate of Ga-O and C-C, respectively.

  11. Characterization of photocatalytic TiO2 powder under varied environments using near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Krishnan, Padmaja; Liu, Minghui; Itty, Pierre A.; Liu, Zhi; Rheinheimer, Vanessa; Zhang, Min-Hong; Monteiro, Paulo J. M.; Yu, Liya E.

    2017-01-01

    Consecutive eight study phases under the successive presence and absence of UV irradiation, water vapor, and oxygen were conducted to characterize surface changes in the photocatalytic TiO2 powder using near-ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Both Ti 2p and O 1s spectra show hysteresis through the experimental course. Under all the study environments, the bridging hydroxyl (OHbr) and terminal hydroxyl (OHt) are identified at 1.1–1.3 eV and 2.1–2.3 eV above lattice oxygen, respectively. This enables novel and complementary approach to characterize reactivity of TiO2 powder. The dynamic behavior of surface-bound water molecules under each study environment is identified, while maintaining a constant distance of 1.3 eV from the position of water vapor. In the dark, the continual supply of both water vapor and oxygen is the key factor retaining the activated state of the TiO2 powder for a time period. Two new surface peaks at 1.7–1.8 and 4.0–4.2 eV above lattice oxygen are designated as peroxides (OOH/H2O2) and H2O2 dissolved in water, respectively. The persistent peroxides on the powder further explain previously observed prolonged oxidation capability of TiO2 powder without light irradiation. PMID:28240300

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Ca and Ba Doped LAMOX Materials and Surface Study by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Khaled, Ammar; Pireaux, Jean-Jacques; Khelili, Smail

    2012-12-01

    (La1-xCax)2Mo2O9-d and (La1-xBax)2Mo2O9-d (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) materials were prepared at 800 °C by co-precipitation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The XRD diagrams showed the presence of CaMoO4 and BaMoO4 secondary phases only at high contents of the dopants. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to study the surface chemical structure of doped and undoped materials (La2Mo2O9). It was found that the La and Mo atoms had 3+ and 6+ valence states, respectively. The absence of carbides and carbonates at surface suggests that, the unavoidable carbon contamination did not interact with the metal atoms, which allows applications using carbonaceous fuels, and, that the formation of secondary phases did not influence the surface state. XPS spectra show that the covalent character of the La-O bond was enhanced with calcium doping as compared to barium, predicting interesting conductive and catalytic properties of the materials.

  13. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Pyridinium-Based Ionic Liquids: Comparison to Imidazolium- and Pyrrolidinium-Based Analogues.

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    Men, Shuang; Mitchell, Daniel S; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Licence, Peter

    2015-07-20

    We investigate eight 1-alkylpyridinium-based ionic liquids of the form [Cn Py][A] by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electronic environment of each element of the ionic liquids is analyzed. In particular, a reliable fitting model is developed for the C 1s region that applies to each of the ionic liquids. This model allows the accurate charge correction of binding energies and the determination of reliable and reproducible binding energies for each ionic liquid. Shake-up/off phenomena are determinedfor both C 1s and N 1s spectra. The electronic interaction between cations and anions is investigated for both simple ionic liquids and an example of an ionic-liquid mixture; the effect of the anion on the electronic environment of the cation is also explored. Throughout the study, a detailed comparison is made between [C8 Py][A] and analogues including 1-octyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium- ([C8 C1 Pyrr][A]), and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium- ([C8 C1 Im][A]) based samples, where X is common to all ionic liquids.

  14. X‐ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Pyridinium‐Based Ionic Liquids: Comparison to Imidazolium‐ and Pyrrolidinium‐Based Analogues

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    Mitchell, Daniel S.; Lovelock, Kevin R. J.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract We investigate eight 1‐alkylpyridinium‐based ionic liquids of the form [CnPy][A] by using X‐ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electronic environment of each element of the ionic liquids is analyzed. In particular, a reliable fitting model is developed for the C 1s region that applies to each of the ionic liquids. This model allows the accurate charge correction of binding energies and the determination of reliable and reproducible binding energies for each ionic liquid. Shake‐up/off phenomena are determinedfor both C 1s and N 1s spectra. The electronic interaction between cations and anions is investigated for both simple ionic liquids and an example of an ionic‐liquid mixture; the effect of the anion on the electronic environment of the cation is also explored. Throughout the study, a detailed comparison is made between [C8Py][A] and analogues including 1‐octyl‐1‐methylpyrrolidinium‐ ([C8C1Pyrr][A]), and 1‐octyl‐3‐methylimidazolium‐ ([C8C1Im][A]) based samples, where X is common to all ionic liquids. PMID:25952131

  15. Photoelectron Imaging of OXIDE.VOC Clusters

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    Patros, Kellyn M.; Mann, Jennifer; Chick Jarrold, Caroline

    2016-06-01

    Perturbations of the bare O2- and O4- electronic structure arising from VOC (VOC = hexane, isoprene, benzene and benzene.D6) interactions are investigated using anion photoelectron imaging at 2.33 and 3.49 eV photon energies. Trends observed from comparing features in the spectra include VOC-identity-dependent electron affinities of the VOC complexes relative to the bare oxide clusters, due to enhance stability in the anion complex relative to the neutral. Autodetachment is observed in all O4-.VOC spectra and only isoprene with O2-. In addition, the intensities of transitions to states correlated with the singlet states of O2 neutral via detachment from the O2-.VOC anion complexes show dramatic VOC-identity variations. Most notably, benzene as a complex partner significantly enhances these transitions relative to O2- and O2-.hexane. A less significant enhancement is also observed in the O2-.isoprene complex. This enhancement may be due to the presence of low-lying triplet states in the complex partners.

  16. Non-destructive depth profiling using variable kinetic energy- x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with maximum entropy regularization

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    Krajewski, James J.

    This study will describe a nondestructive method to determine compositional depth profiles of thicker films using Variable Kinetic Energy X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (VKE-XPS) data by applying proven regularization methods successfully used in Angle-Resolved X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (AR-XPS). To demonstrate the applicability of various regularization procedures to the experimental VKE-XPS data, simulated TiO2/Si film structures of two different thicknesses and known compositional profiles were "created" and then analyzed. It is found that superior results are attained when using a maximum entropy-like method with an initial model/prior knowledge of thickness is similar to the simulated film thickness. Other regularization functions, Slopes, Curvature and Total Variance Analysis (TVA) give acceptable results when there is no prior knowledge since they do not depend on an accurate initial model. The maximum entropy algorithm is then applied to two actual films of TiO2 deposited on silicon substrate. These results will show the applicability of generating compositional depth profiles with experimental VKE-XPS data. Accuracy of the profiles is confirmed by subjecting these actual films to a variety of "alternate" analytical thin film techniques including Sputtered Angle Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy, Focused Ion Beam Spectroscopy, Transmission and Scanning Electron Spectroscopy and Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. Future work will include applying different regularizations functions to better fit the MaxEnt composition depth profile other than those described in this study.

  17. AFM AND XPS Characterization of Zinc-Aluminum Alloy Coatings with Attention to Surface Dross and Flow Lines

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    Harding, Felipe A.; Alarcon, Nelson A.; Toledo, Pedro G.

    Surfaces of various zinc-aluminum alloy (Zn-Al) coated steel samples are studied with attention to foreign surface dross by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/ESCA). AFM topographic maps of zinc-aluminum alloy surfaces free of dross reveal the perfect nanoscale details of two kinds of dendrites: branched and globular. In all magnifications the dendrites appear smooth and, in general, very clean. XPS analysis of the extreme surface of a Zn-Al sample reveals Al, Zn, Si and O as the main components. The XPS results show no segregation or separation of phases other than those indicated by the ternary Al-Zn-Si diagram. For surfaces of Zn-Al plagued with impurities, high resolution AFM topographic maps reveal three situations: (1) areas with well-defined dendrites, relatively free of dross; (2) areas with small, millimeter-sized black spots known as dross; and (3) areas with large black stains, known as flow lines. Dendrite deformation and dross accumulation increase notably in the neighborhood, apparently clean to the naked eye, of dross or flow lines. XPS results of areas with dross and flow lines indicate unacceptable high concentration of Si and important Si phase separation. These results, in the light of AFM work, reveal that dross and flow lines are a consequence of a high local concentration of Si from high melting point silica and silicate impurities in the Zn-Al alloy source.

  18. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis for undegraded and degraded Gd2O2S:Tb3+ phosphor thin films

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    Dolo, J. J.; Swart, H. C.; Terblans, J. J.; Coetsee, E.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Dejene, B. F.

    2012-05-01

    This paper presents the X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis for the undegraded and degraded Gd2O2S:Tb3+ thin film phosphor. The thin films were grown with the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. XPS measurements were done on Gd2O2S:Tb3+ phosphor thin films before and after electron degradation. The XPS technique has proven the presence of Gd2O3 on the degraded and undegraded thin film spots. The presence of the SO2 bonding was also detected after degradation. This clearly indicates that surface reactions did occur during prolonged electron bombardment in an oxygen atmosphere.

  19. Surface sensitivity of four-probe STM resistivity measurements of bulk ZnO correlated to XPS

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    Lord, Alex M.; Evans, Jonathan E.; Barnett, Chris J.; Allen, Martin W.; Barron, Andrew R.; Wilks, Steve P.

    2017-09-01

    Multi-probe instruments based on scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) are becoming increasingly common for their ability to perform nano- to atomic-scale investigations of nanostructures, surfaces and in situ reactions. A common configuration is the four-probe STM often coupled with in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that allows precise positioning of the probes onto surfaces and nanostructures enabling electrical and scanning experiments to be performed on highly localised regions of the sample. In this paper, we assess the sensitivity of four-probe STM for in-line resistivity measurements of the bulk ZnO surface. The measurements allow comparisons to established models that are used to relate light plasma treatments (O and H) of the surfaces to the resistivity measurements. The results are correlated to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and show that four-probe STM can detect changes in surface and bulk conduction mechanisms that are beyond conventional monochromatic XPS.

  20. XPS identification of surface-initiated polymerisation during monomer transfer moulding of poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/Bioglass ® fibre composite

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    Jiang, G.; Walker, G. S.; Jones, I. A.; Rudd, C. D.

    2005-12-01

    In this work, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was demonstrated to be a useful method to characterise surface-initiated polymerisation. Both E-glass fibre and Bioglass ® fibre were treated using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (and propyltrimethoxysilane as a control) and then they were used as a reinforcement, respectively, in monomer transfer moulding to prepare poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/glass fibre composites with stannous octoate as the catalyst for ɛ-caprolactone polymerisation. The fibre was extracted and then analysed using XPS to probe the presence of PCL chemically bonded to the glass fibre surface. Both tin and PCL were detected on the surface of the fibres sized with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane, confirming surface-initiated polymerisation of ɛ-caprolactone.

  1. Location and Visualization of Working p-n and/or n-p Junctions by XPS

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    Copuroglu, Mehmet; Caliskan, Deniz; Sezen, Hikmet; Ozbay, Ekmel; Suzer, Sefik

    2016-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to follow some of the electrical properties of a segmented silicon photodetector, fabricated in a p-n-p configuration, during operation under various biasing configurations. Mapping of the binding energy position of Si2p reveals the shift in the position of the junctions with respect to the polarity of the DC bias applied. Use of squared and triangular shaped wave excitations, while recording XPS data, allows tapping different electrical properties of the device under normal operational conditions, as well as after exposing parts of it to harsh physical and chemical treatments. Unique and chemically specific electrical information can be gained with this noninvasive approach which can be useful especially for localized device characterization and failure analyses. PMID:27582318

  2. Location and Visualization of Working p-n and/or n-p Junctions by XPS

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    Copuroglu, Mehmet; Caliskan, Deniz; Sezen, Hikmet; Ozbay, Ekmel; Suzer, Sefik

    2016-09-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to follow some of the electrical properties of a segmented silicon photodetector, fabricated in a p-n-p configuration, during operation under various biasing configurations. Mapping of the binding energy position of Si2p reveals the shift in the position of the junctions with respect to the polarity of the DC bias applied. Use of squared and triangular shaped wave excitations, while recording XPS data, allows tapping different electrical properties of the device under normal operational conditions, as well as after exposing parts of it to harsh physical and chemical treatments. Unique and chemically specific electrical information can be gained with this noninvasive approach which can be useful especially for localized device characterization and failure analyses.

  3. Surface sensitivity of four-probe STM resistivity measurements of bulk ZnO correlated to XPS.

    PubMed

    Lord, Alex M; Evans, Jonathan E; Barnett, Chris J; Allen, Martin W; Barron, Andrew R; Wilks, Steve P

    2017-09-27

    Multi-probe instruments based on scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) are becoming increasingly common for their ability to perform nano- to atomic-scale investigations of nanostructures, surfaces and in situ reactions. A common configuration is the four-probe STM often coupled with in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that allows precise positioning of the probes onto surfaces and nanostructures enabling electrical and scanning experiments to be performed on highly localised regions of the sample. In this paper, we assess the sensitivity of four-probe STM for in-line resistivity measurements of the bulk ZnO surface. The measurements allow comparisons to established models that are used to relate light plasma treatments (O and H) of the surfaces to the resistivity measurements. The results are correlated to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and show that four-probe STM can detect changes in surface and bulk conduction mechanisms that are beyond conventional monochromatic XPS.

  4. Measuring the pK/pI of biomolecules using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Fears, Kenan P

    2014-09-02

    Dissociation constants of GG-X-GG and X5 peptides (X = G, D, H, or K), and bovine albumin (BSA) and fibronectin (FN) were measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in ultrahigh vacuum at room temperature. The biomolecules were deposited on Au substrates by drying 2.0 μL drops of 1.0 μg μL(-1) stock solutions in 100 mM sodium phosphate buffers (pH 1-12) at room temperature. Because of the ∼+1.3 eV shift in binding energy (BE) of protonated amines, pK values of basic amino acids were calculated by plotting the fraction of protonated amines as a function of solution pH. Similarly, the BE of carboxyl groups shifted ∼-1.3 eV upon deprotonation. While C 1s spectra were convoluted by the multiple chemical states of carbon present in the samples, the ratio of the C 1s components centered at BE = 289.0 ± 0.4 and BE = 287.9 ± 0.3 proved to reliably assess deprotonation of carboxyl groups. The pK values for the Asp (3.1 and 2.4), His (6.7), and Lys (11.3 and 10.6) peptides, and the pI of BSA (4.8) and FN (5.7), were consistent with published values; thus, these methods could potentially be used to determine the dissociation constants of surface-bound biomolecules.

  5. Charging of ionic liquid surfaces under X-ray irradiation: the measurement of absolute binding energies by XPS.

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    Villar-Garcia, Ignacio J; Smith, Emily F; Taylor, Alasdair W; Qiu, Fulian; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Jones, Robert G; Licence, Peter

    2011-02-21

    Ionic liquid surfaces can become electrically charged during X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments, due to the flux of photoelectrons leaving the surface. This causes a shift in the measured binding energies of X-ray photoelectron peaks that depends on the magnitude of the surface charging. Consequently, a charge correction method is required for ionic liquids. Here we demonstrate the nature and extent of surface charging in ionic liquids and model it using chronopotentiometry. We report the X-ray photoelectron spectra for a range of imidazolium based ionic liquids and investigate the use of long alkyl chains (C(n)H(2n+1), n ≥ 8) and the imidazolium nitrogen, both of which are part of the ionic liquid chemical structure, as internal references for charge correction. Accurate and reproducible binding energies are obtained which allow comparisons to be made across ionic liquid-based systems.

  6. RECENT XPS STUDIES OF THE EFFECT OF PROCESSING ON NB SRF SURFACES

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    Hui Tian; Binping Xiao; Michael Kelley; Charles Reece; A. Demasi; L. Pipe; Kevin Smith

    2008-02-12

    XPS studies have consistently shown that Nb surfaces for SRF chiefly comprise of a few nm of Nb2O5 on top of Nb metal, with minor amounts of Nb sub-oxides. Nb samples after BCP/EP treatment with post-baking at the various conditions have been examined by using synchrotron based XPS. Despite the confounding influence of surface roughness, certain outcomes are clear. Lower-valence Nb species are always and only associated with the metal/oxide interface, but evidence for an explicit layer structure or discrete phases is lacking. Post-baking without air exposure shows decreased oxide layer thickness and increased contribution from lower valence species, but spectra obtained after subsequent air exposure cannot be distinguished from those obtained prior to baking, though the SRF performance improvement remains.

  7. A theoretical study of the XP and NEXAFS spectra of alanine: gas phase molecule, crystal, and adsorbate at the ZnO(10 ̅10) surface.

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    Gao, You Kun; Traeger, Franziska; Kotsis, Konstantinos; Staemmler, Volker

    2011-06-14

    The adsorption of alanine on the mixed-terminated ZnO(10 ̅10) surface is studied by means of quantum-chemical ab initio calculations. Using a finite cluster model and the adsorption geometry as obtained both by periodic CPMD and embedded cluster calculations, the C1s, N1s and O1s X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra are calculated for single alanine molecules on ZnO(10 ̅10). These spectra are compared with the spectra calculated for alanine in the gas phase and in its crystalline form and with experimental XPS and NEXAFS data for the isolated alanine molecule and for alanine adsorbed on ZnO(10 ̅10) at multilayer and monolayer coverage. The excellent agreement between the experimental and calculated XP and NEXAFS spectra confirms the calculated adsorption geometry: A single alanine molecule is bound to ZnO(10 ̅10) in a dissociated bidentate form with the two O atoms of the acid group bound to two Zn atoms of the surface and the proton transferred to one O atom of the surface. Other possible structures, such as adsorption of alanine in one of its neutral or zwitterionic forms in which the proton of the -COOH group remains at this group or is transferred to the amino group, can be excluded since they would give rise to quite different XP spectra. In the multilayer coverage regime, on the other hand, alanine is in its crystalline form as is also shown by the analysis of the XP spectra.

  8. Study of gadolinia-doped ceria solid electrolyte surface by XPS

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    Datta, Pradyot Majewski, Peter; Aldinger, Fritz

    2009-02-15

    Gadolinia-doped ceria (CGO) is an important material to be used as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell for intermediate temperature operation. Ceria doped with 10 mol% gadolinia (Ce{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.95}) was prepared by conventional solid state synthesis and found to be single phase by room temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD). The chemical states of the surface of the prepared sample were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Though Gd was present in its characteristic chemical state, Ce was found in both Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} states. Presence of Ce{sup 3+} state was ascribed to the differential yield of oxygen atoms in the sputtering process.

  9. Initial oxidation behaviors of nitride surfaces of uranium by XPS analysis

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    Liu, Kezhao; Luo, Lizu; Luo, Lili; Long, Zhong; Hong, Zhanglian; Yang, Hui; Wu, Sheng

    2013-09-01

    The nitride surfaces of uranium were prepared by the surface glow plasma nitriding (SGPN) and plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) methods. The initial oxidation behaviors of modified surfaces were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The SGPN on the uranium surface led to a single layer of uranium sesquinitride (U2N3), while the PIII on the surface resulted in a compound layer composed of U2N3 and uranium dioxide (UO2). The oxygen covered on these modified layers led to the formation of UO2 from U2N3 and U2N3 from UN. The oxidized nitrogen species were also observed on the two types of nitriding layers, with the discussion of the N-O coaction behaviors.

  10. XPS and NMR analysis on 12CaO•7Al2O3

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    Pan, R. K.; Feng, S.; Tao, H. Z.

    2017-01-01

    12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7) glass was prepared by the melt quenching method. The glass transition temperature (T g) and the crystallization temperature (T c) of C12A7 glass are about 1050 K and 1194 K, respectively, measured by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The structure of C12A7 glass was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) as well as magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MAS-NMR). Analysis shows that Al coordination number is about four in C12A7 glass, in which AlO4 tetrahedrons and bridging oxygens (BO) constitute the glass network. Ca2+ produces a few of non-bridging oxygens (NBO), which become neighbours of Al.

  11. FTIR, EPMA, Auger, and XPS analysis of impurity precipitates in CdS films

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    Webb, J.D.; Rose, D.H.; Niles, D.W.; Swartzlander, A.; Al-Jassim, M.M.

    1997-12-31

    Impurities in cadmium sulfide (CdS) films are a concern in the fabrication of copper (indium, gallium) diselenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic devices. Films of CdS grown using chemical bath deposition (CBD) generally yield better devices than purer CdS films grown using vacuum deposition techniques, despite the higher impurity concentrations typically observed in the CBD CdS films. In this work, the authors present Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Auger, electron microprobe (EPMA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS), and secondary ion mass spectroscopic (SIMS) analyses of the impurities in CBD CdS films, and show that these differ as a function of substrate type and film deposition conditions. They also show that some of these impurities exist as 10{sup 2} micron-scale precipitates.

  12. XPS study of PBO fiber surface modified by incorporation of hydroxyl polar groups in main chains

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    Zhang, Tao; Hu, Dayong; Jin, Junhong; Yang, Shenglin; Li, Guang; Jiang, Jianming

    2010-01-01

    Dihydroxy poly(p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (DHPBO), a modified poly(p-phenylene benzoxazole) (PBO) polymer containing double hydroxyl groups in polymer chains, was synthesized by copolymerization of 4,6-diamino resorcinol dihydrochloride (DAR), purified terephthalic acid (TA) and 2,5-dihydroxyterephthalic acid (DHTA). DHPBO fibers were prepared by dry-jet wet-spinning method. The effects of hydroxyl polar groups on the surface elemental compositions of PBO fiber were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results show that the ratio of oxygen/carbon on the surface of DHPBO fibers is higher than that on the surface of PBO fibers, which indicates the content of polar groups on the surface of DHPBO fiber increase compared with PBO fiber.

  13. Identification of a BrOOO- intermediate species in the ozonolysis of bromide at the liquid/vapor interface from liquid jet XPS

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    Chen, Shuzhen; Artiglia, Luca; Orlando, Fabrizio; Corral-Arroyo, Pablo; Edebeli, Jacinta; Ammann, Markus

    2017-04-01

    Oxidation of bromide by gas phase ozone (O3) in the absence of photochemistry is believed to be one of the important dark reactions to produce HOBr as the starting point of the multiphase cycling reaction mechanisms that release bromide out of sea water, sea spray or marine aerosols from aqueous solution that later drive O3 depleting chemistry in the troposphere [1]. The reaction of bromide with O3 occurs through an acid catalyzed mechanism involving a BrOOO- complex as an intermediate [2]. Slow oxidation of bromide by O3 in the bulk aqueous phase is of limited relevance; previous kinetic experiments have suspected the reaction to be enhanced at the surface of aqueous solutions. Thus, identifying BrOOO- at the interface would be a major step to understanding the multiphase oxidation of bromide with O3. Here, we provide a direct experimental evidence for the formation of a BrOOO- reaction intermediate at the surface by investigating the reaction of aqueous solutions NaBr with gas phase O3 after millisecond time scale exposure using the surface sensitive in situ liquid jet X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) at the Swiss Light Source (SLS). We acquired Br 3d core level spectra of 0.125 M NaBr solution in presence and absence of ozone in the gas phase. We found a new feature with a peak position shifted towards higher binding energy (by ˜0.7 eV) compared to Br-, which was clearly different from the Br 3d core levels spectra of hypobromite and bromate measured with reference solutions. Our results suggest the appearance of the formation of the BrOOO- reaction intermediate as a new component, in agreement with theoretical calculations of the Br- ozonolysis mechanism [3]. Additionally, by varying the photoelectron kinetic energy and thus probe depth via variation of the probing photon energy, the new feature appears to be present near the liquid/vapor interface. Besides, kinetic experiments for the reaction of O3 with bromide are ongoing to investigate the dependence

  14. Solar Ion Processing of Major Element Surface Compositions of Mature Mare Soils: Insights from Combined XPS and Analytical TEM Observations

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    Christoffersen, R.; Dukes, C.; Keller, L. P.; Baragiola, R.

    2012-01-01

    Solar wind ions are capable of altering the sur-face chemistry of the lunar regolith by a number of mechanisms including preferential sputtering, radiation-enhanced diffusion and sputter erosion of space weathered surfaces containing pre-existing compositional profiles. We have previously reported in-situ ion irradiation experiments supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and analytical TEM that show how solar ions potentially drive Fe and Ti reduction at the monolayer scale as well as the 10-100 nm depth scale in lunar soils [1]. Here we report experimental data on the effect of ion irradiation on the major element surface composition in a mature mare soil.

  15. Multiple Coordination of CO on Molybdenum Nanoparticles: Evidence for Intermediate Mox(CO)y Species by XPS and UPS.

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    Jiang, Zhiquan; Huang, Weixin; Zhang, Zhen; Zhao, Hong; Tan, Dali; Bao, Xinhe

    2006-12-28

    CO chemisorption on the metallic molybdenum nanoparticles supported on the thin alumina film was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). A binary compound of molybdenum and CO is found to be formed on the surface upon CO dose, accompanied with a positive binding energy shift of the Mo 3d doublet and a localized Mo 4d valence band. A loose packing of the metallic molybdenum favors the formation of this intermediate Mox(CO)y species. The formation of the Mox(CO)y species implies that the property of the metallic molybdenum nanoparticles on the thin alumina film is much different from that of the bulk molybdenum, indicating a significant nanometer size effect.

  16. XPS investigation of thionyl chloride action on iron phthalocyanines and naphthalocyanines and on hydrogen phthalocyanine — Correlations with the activity of Li/SOCl 2 cells

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    Savy, Michel; Riga, Joseph; Verbist, Jacques J.

    1989-03-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements have been performed on iron phthalocyanines and naphthalocyanines, and hydrogen phthalocyanine powders, after dissolution in SOCl 2 and reprecipitation. The comparison of XPS results with catalytic activities observed in the lithium/thionyl chloride batteries during their discharge underlines the rôles of the central ion oxidation facility and ligand stability in the electrocatalysis of SOCl 2 reduction.

  17. Arsenopyrite and pyrite bioleaching: evidence from XPS, XRD and ICP techniques.

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    Fantauzzi, Marzia; Licheri, Cristina; Atzei, Davide; Loi, Giovanni; Elsener, Bernhard; Rossi, Giovanni; Rossi, Antonella

    2011-10-01

    In this work, a multi-technical bulk and surface analytical approach was used to investigate the bioleaching of a pyrite and arsenopyrite flotation concentrate with a mixed microflora mainly consisting of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray-induced Auger electron spectroscopy mineral surfaces investigations, along with inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy and carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulphur determination (CHNS) analyses, were carried out prior and after bioleaching. The flotation concentrate was a mixture of pyrite (FeS(2)) and arsenopyrite (FeAsS); after bioleaching, 95% of the initial content of pyrite and 85% of arsenopyrite were dissolved. The chemical state of the main elements (Fe, As and S) at the surface of the bioreactor feed particles and of the residue after bioleaching was investigated by X-ray photoelectron and X-ray excited Auger electron spectroscopy. After bioleaching, no signals of iron, arsenic and sulphur originating from pyrite and arsenopyrite were detected, confirming a strong oxidation and the dissolution of the particles. On the surfaces of the mineral residue particles, elemental sulphur as reaction intermediate of the leaching process and precipitated secondary phases (Fe-OOH and jarosite), together with adsorbed arsenates, was detected. Evidence of microbial cells adhesion at mineral surfaces was also produced: carbon and nitrogen were revealed by CHNS, and nitrogen was also detected on the bioleached surfaces by XPS. This was attributed to the deposition, on the mineral surfaces, of the remnants of a bio-film consisting of an extra-cellular polymer layer that had favoured the bacterial action.

  18. Photoelectron diffraction and holography: Present status and future prospects

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    Fadley, C.S. |; Thevuthasan, S.; Kaduwela, A.P.

    1993-07-01

    Photoelectron diffraction and photoelectron holography, a newly developed variant of it, can provide a rich range of information concerning surface structure. These methods are sensitive to atomic type, chemical state, and spin state. The theoretical prediction of diffraction patterns is also well developed at both the single scattering and multiple scattering levels, and quantitative fits of experiment to theory can lead to structures with accuracies in the {plus_minus}0.03 {Angstrom} range. Direct structural information can also be derived from forward scattering in scanned-angle measurements at higher energies, path length differences contained in scanned-energy data at lower energies, and holographic inversions of data sets spanning some region in angle and energy space. Diffraction can also affect average photoelectron emission depths. Circular dichroism in core-level emission can be fruitfully interpreted in terms of photoelectron diffraction theory, as can measurements with spin-resolved core-spectra, and studies of surface magnetic structures and phase transitions should be possible with these methods. Synchrotron radiation is a key element of fully utilizing these techniques.

  19. Band alignment at the interface of PbTe/SnTe heterojunction determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Shu, Tianyu; Ye, Zhenyu; Lu, Pengqi; Chen, Lu; Xu, Gangyi; Zhou, Jie; Wu, Huizhen

    2016-11-01

    We report the determination of band alignment of PbTe/SnTe (111) heterojunction interfaces using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Multiple core levels of Pb and Sn were utilized to determine the valence band offset (VBO) of the heterojunction. The XPS result shows a type-III band alignment with the VBO of 1.37+/- 0.18 \\text{eV} and the conduction band offset (CBO) of 1.23+/- 0.18 \\text{eV} . The experimental determination of the band alignment of the PbTe/SnTe heterojunction shall benefit the improvement of PbTe/SnTe-related optoelectronic and electronic devices.

  20. Toward a comprehensive understanding of solid-state core-level XPS linewidths: Experimental and theoretical studies on the Si2p and O1s linewidths in silicates

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    Bancroft, G. M.; Nesbitt, H. W.; Ho, R.; Shaw, D. M.; Tse, J. S.; Biesinger, M. C.

    2009-08-01

    High resolution X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) core-level Si2p and O1s spectra of the nonconductors α-SiO2 (quartz) at 120 and 300 K and vitreous SiO2 at 300 K were obtained with a Kratos Axis Ultra XPS instrument (instrumental resolution of <0.4eV ) which incorporates a unique charge compensation system that minimizes differential charge broadening on nonconductors. The Si2p and O1s linewidths at 300 K ( ˜1.1 and ˜1.2eV , respectively) are similar for all silicates (and similar to previous thin film SiO2 spectra obtained previously), showing that differential charging does not contribute significantly to our spectra. At 120 K, there is a small decrease (0.04 eV) in the Si2p linewidth of α-SiO2 , but no measurable decrease in O1s linewidth. The O1s lines are generally and distinctly asymmetric. We consider all possible sources of line broadening and show that final state vibrational broadening (FSVB) and phonon broadening are the major causes of the broad and asymmetric lines. Previous high resolution gas phase XPS studies have identified large FSVB contributions to the Si2p spectra of SiCl4 , SiF4 , and Si(OCH3)4 molecules, and this vibrational structure leads total Si2p3/2 linewidths of up to ˜0.5eV , even with individual peak linewidths of <0.1eV . The Si atom of Si(OCH3)4 is an excellent analog for Si in crystalline SiO2 because the Si-O bond lengths and symmetric stretch frequencies are similar in both compounds. Similar vibrational contributions to the Si2p and O1s spectra of solid silicates are anticipated if the Si2p and O1s core-hole states produce similar changes to the Si-O bond length in both phases. To investigate the possibility, Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics calculations were performed and show that changes to Si-O bond lengths between ion and ground states (Δr) for both Si2p and O1s hole states are similar for both crystalline SiO2 and gaseous Si(OCH3)4 . Δr are -0.04Å for Si2p and ˜+0.05Å for O1s in both compounds. Indeed, the

  1. Negative ion photoelectron spectra of ISO3, IS2O3, and IS2O4 intermediates formed in interfacial reactions of ozone and iodide/sulfite aqueous microdroplets

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    Qin, Zhengbo; Hou, Gao-Lei; Yang, Zheng; Valiev, Marat; Wang, Xue-Bin

    2016-12-07

    Three short-lived, anionic intermediates, ISO3, IS2O3, and IS2O4, are detected during reactions between ozone and aqueous iodine/sulfur oxides microdroplets. These species may play an important role in ozone-driven inorganic aerosol formation; however their chemical properties remain largely unknown. This is the issue addressed in this work using negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) and ab-initio modeling. The NIPE spectra reveal that all of the three anionic species are characterized by high adiabatic detachment energies (ADEs) - 4.62 ± 0.10, 4.52 ± 0.10, and 4.60 ± 0.10 eV for ISO3, IS2O3, and IS2O4, respectively. Vibrational progressions with frequencies assigned to the S–O symmetric stretching modes are also discernable in the ground state transition features. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show the presence of several low-lying isomers involving different bonding scenarios. Further analysis based on high level CCSD(T) calculations reveal that the lowest energy structures are characterized by formation of I–S and S–S bonds and can be structurally viewed as SO3 linked with I, IS, and ISO for ISO3, IS2O3, and IS2O4, respectively. The calculated ADEs and vertical detachment energies (VDEs) are in excellent agreement with the experimental results, further supporting the identified minimum energy structures. The obtained intrinsic molecular properties of these anionic intermediates and neutral radicals should be useful to help understand their photochemical reactions in the atmosphere.

  2. An XPS round robin investigation on analysis of wood pulp fibres and filter paper

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    Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Campbell, J. M.; Fardim, Pedro; Hultén, Anette Heijnesson; Boisvert, Jean-Philippe; Ernstsson, Marie

    2005-06-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been applied to pulp and paper research for decades. However, there has been no attempt to standardise or even systematically compare experimental and analysis procedures, even though it is known that fibrous, nature-derived and insulating fibre materials pose remarkable challenges to reliable surface analysis. The experimental problems are mainly linked with neutralisation, energy resolution, contamination and X-ray induced degradation. We have tested applicability, reliability and reproducibility of XPS analysis on real pulp samples with varying lignin and extractives contents in a small round robin investigation. We also tested the instrumental set-ups with an acetone-extracted filter paper, used as a reference sample. The data, collected at four different laboratories with state-of-the-art instruments indicate that reproducible results can be obtained, despite minor differences in experimental and analysis procedures. However, we found that a specified sample handling procedure and limited X-ray exposure are crucial for reproducible, reliable data. Based on the round robin data we recommend dose restricted monochromatic measurements, a cellulosic in situ reference and a consistent sample handling procedure. The data confirms that a paper-based reference material and the correlation of high-resolution C 1s data with O/C atomic ratios can be used in testing instruments and experimental set-ups for pulp and paper materials.

  3. An XPS study for mechanisms of arsenate adsorption onto a magnetite-doped activated carbon fiber.

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    Zhang, Shujuan; Li, Xiao-yan; Chen, J Paul

    2010-03-01

    The surface and bulk structures of a newly developed carbon-based iron-containing adsorbent for As(V) adsorption were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electronic microscopy (FESEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XRD patterns of the adsorbents indicated that the modified activated carbon fiber (MACF) was a simple mixture of the raw activated carbon fiber (RACF) and magnetite. After modification, a porous film was formed on the surface of the MACF with nano-sized magnetite on it. The As(V) uptake on the MACF was highly pH dependent and was facilitated in acidic solutions. XPS studies demonstrated that the surface oxygen-containing functional groups were involved in the adsorption and that magnetite played a key role in As(V) uptake. The dominance of HAsO(4)(2-) in surface complexes and the pH effect on As(V) uptake demonstrated that the monoprotonated bidentate complexes were dominant on the surface of the MACF. No reduction of As(V) was observed on the surface of the ACFs. 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Quantification problems in depth profiling of pwr steels using Ar+ ion sputtering and XPS analysis.

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    Ignatova, Velislava A; Van Den Berghe, Sven; Van Dyck, Steven; Popok, Vladimir N

    2006-10-01

    The oxide scales of AISI 304 formed in boric acid solutions at 300 degrees C and pH = 4.5 have been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling. The present focus is depth profile quantification both in depth and chemical composition on a molecular level. The roughness of the samples is studied by atomic force microscopy before and after sputtering, and the erosion rate is determined by measuring the crater depth with a surface profilometer and vertical scanning interferometry. The resulting roughness (20-30 nm), being an order of magnitude lower than the crater depth (0.2-0.5 microm), allows layer-by-layer profiling, although the ion-induced effects result in an uncertainty of the depth calibration of a factor of 2. The XPS spectrum deconvolution and data evaluation applying target factor analysis allows chemical speciation on a molecular level. The elemental distribution as a function of the sputtering time is obtained, and the formation of two layers is observed-one hydroxide (mainly iron-nickel based) on top and a second one deeper, mainly consisting of iron-chromium oxides.

  5. [An FTIR and XPS study of immobilization of chromium with fly ash based geopolymers].

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    Liu, Si-Feng; Wang, Pei-Ming; Li, Zong-Jin; Lo, Irene M C

    2008-01-01

    Immobilization of Cr3+ with fly ash geopolymers was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) techniques. The chromium sludge, as Cr(OH)3, was prepared with chemical precipitation method. The amounts of aluminum and silicon leached before and after the chromium sludge addition were measured using ICP-AES. The results suggested that the amounts of silicon and aluminum leached were reduced for the fly ash geopolymers after chromium sludge was incorporated. The decrease of silicon leaching was more pronounced than aluminum. FTIR results showed that the intensity of the main peak shifted into lower and the wave number of Si--O--Si and Al--O--Si became higher. The XPS results indicated that the O(1s) bind energy decreased, Si(2p) and Cr(2p) bind energy increased, while Al(2p) bind energy remained unchanged due to Cr3+ addition. It was also confirmed that the chromium is easily incorporated into the fly ash geopolymers paste, and polymerized with silicate units. The immobilization of Cr3+ using fly ash geopolymers is attributed not only to physical encapsulation, but also to chemical reaction.

  6. Soil wettability can be explained by the chemical composition of particle interfaces - An XPS study

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    Woche, Susanne K.; Goebel, Marc-O.; Mikutta, Robert; Schurig, Christian; Kaestner, Matthias; Guggenberger, Georg; Bachmann, Jörg

    2017-01-01

    Soil wettability (quantified in terms of contact angle, CA) is crucial for physical, chemical, and biological soil functioning. As the CA is determined by components present within the outmost nanometer of particles, this study applied X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with a maximum analysis depth of 10 nm to test the relationship between CA and surface elemental composition, using soil samples from a chronosequence where CA increased from 0° (0 yrs) to about 98° (120 yrs). Concurrently, as seen by XPS, C and N content increased and the content of O and the mineral-derived cations (Si, Al, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe) decreased. The C content was positively correlated with CA and least squares fitting indicated increasing amounts of non-polar C species with soil age. The contents of O and the mineral-derived cations were negatively correlated with CA, suggesting an increasing organic coating of the minerals that progressively masked the underlying mineral phase. The atomic O/C ratio was found to show a close negative relationship with CA, which applied as well to further sample sets of different texture and origin. This suggests the surface O/C ratio to be a general parameter linking surface wettability and surface elemental composition. PMID:28211469

  7. Behavior of Supported Palladium Oxide Nanoparticles under Reaction Conditions, Studied with near Ambient Pressure XPS.

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    Jürgensen, Astrid; Heutz, Niels; Raschke, Hannes; Merz, Klaus; Hergenröder, Roland

    2015-08-04

    Near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) is a promising method to close the "pressure gap", and thus, study the surface composition during heterogeneous reactions in situ. The specialized spectrometers necessary for this analytical technique have recently been adapted to operate with a conventional X-ray source, making it available for routine quantitative analysis in the laboratory. This is shown in the present in situ study of the partial oxidation of 2-propanol catalyzed with PdO nanoparticles supported on TiO2, which was investigated under reaction conditions as a function of gas composition (alcohol-to-oxygen ratio) and temperature. Exposure of the nanoparticles to 2-propanol at 30 °C leads to immediate partial reduction of the PdO, followed by a continuous reduction of the remaining PdO during heating. However, gaseous oxygen inhibits the reduction of PdO below 90 °C, and the oxidation of 2-propanol to carboxylates only occurs in the presence of oxygen above 90 °C. These results support the theory that metallic palladium is the active catalyst material, and they show that environmental conditions affect the nanoparticles and the reaction process significantly. The study also revealed challenges and limitations of this analytical method. Specifically, the intensity and fixed photon energy of a conventional X-ray source limit the spectral resolution and surface sensitivity of lab-based NAP-XPS, which affect precision and accuracy of the quantitative analysis.

  8. Investigation of damaged interior walls using synchrotron-based XPS and XANES.

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    Poo-arporn, Yingyot; Thachepan, Surachai; Palangsuntikul, Rungtiva

    2015-01-01

    Evidence of internal sulfate attack in field exposure was demonstrated by the damaged interior wall of a three-year-old house situated in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Partial distension of the mortar was clearly observed together with an expansion of a black substance. Removal of the black substance revealed a dense black layer. This layer was only found in the vicinity of the damaged area, suggesting that this black material is possibly involved in the wall cracking. By employing synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) techniques, the unknown sample was chemically identified. The S 2p and O 1s XPS results mutually indicated the existence of sulfate species in the materials collected from the damaged area. The XANES results indicated the presence of ferrous (II) sulfate, confirming sulfate-induced expansion and cracking. The sulfate attack in the present case appeared to physically affect the structure whereas the chemical integrity at the molecular level of the calcium silicate hydrate phase was retained since there was a lack of spectroscopic evidence for calcium sulfate. It was speculated that internal sulfate probably originated from the contaminated aggregates used during the construction. The current findings would be beneficial for understanding the sulfate-attack mechanism as well as for future prevention against sulfate attack during construction.

  9. An XPS analytical approach for elucidating the microbially mediated enargite oxidative dissolution.

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    Fantauzzi, M; Rossi, G; Elsener, B; Loi, G; Atzei, D; Rossi, A

    2009-04-01

    In this work, the microbe-mediated oxidative dissolution of enargite surfaces (Cu(3)AsS(4)) was studied on powdered samples exposed to 9K nutrient solution (pH 2.3) inoculated by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans initially adapted to arsenopyrite. These conditions simulate the acid mine environment. The redox potential of the inoculated solutions increased up to +0.72 V vs normal hydrogen electrode (NHE), indicating the increase of the Fe(3+) to Fe(2+) ratio, and correspondingly the pH decreased to values as low as 1.9. In the sterile 9K control, the redox potential and pH remained constant at +0.52 V NHE and 2.34, respectively. Solution analyses showed that in inoculated medium Cu and As dissolved stoichiometrically with a dissolution rate of about three to five times higher compared to the sterile control. For the first time, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out on the bioleached enargite powder with the aim of clarifying the role of the microorganisms in the dissolution process. XPS results provide evidence of the formation of a thin oxidized layer on the mineral surface. Nitrogen was also detected on the bioleached surfaces and was attributed to the presence of an extracellular polymer substance layer supporting a mechanism of bacteria attachment via the formation of a biofilm a few nanometers thick, commonly known as nanobiofilm.

  10. AFM and XPS Study of Glass Surface Coated with Titania Nanofilms by Sol-Gel Method

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    Ji, Guo-Jun; Shi, Zhi-Ming

    2010-09-01

    Ce3+ -doped and undoped TiO2 nanofilms are prepared on glass surface using a sol-gel method. Crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical composition and element distribution of both glass substrates and TiO2 films were characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XRD results indicate that the Ce3+-doped TiO2 films are solely composed of the anatase phase whereas in the undoped films a small amount of the rutile phase of TiO2 is present. AFM observations show that there exist many micro-cracks and micro-holes on glass substrate surface. In contrast, the surface of pure titania films is crack-free and the average crystallite size of the films is less than 50 nm. For the films doped with Ce3+, not only does it appear to be more uniform and compact, but also the corresponding crystal size is decreased. XPS results indicate that element interdiffusion occurs between the titania nanofilm and the glass substrate during the sintering process. The film is firmly adhered onto the glass surface through the chemical combination of Ti-O-Si bonds, and the combination is more enhanced by Ce3+-doping.

  11. Soil wettability can be explained by the chemical composition of particle interfaces - An XPS study

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    Woche, Susanne K.; Goebel, Marc-O.; Mikutta, Robert; Schurig, Christian; Kaestner, Matthias; Guggenberger, Georg; Bachmann, Jörg

    2017-02-01

    Soil wettability (quantified in terms of contact angle, CA) is crucial for physical, chemical, and biological soil functioning. As the CA is determined by components present within the outmost nanometer of particles, this study applied X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with a maximum analysis depth of 10 nm to test the relationship between CA and surface elemental composition, using soil samples from a chronosequence where CA increased from 0° (0 yrs) to about 98° (120 yrs). Concurrently, as seen by XPS, C and N content increased and the content of O and the mineral-derived cations (Si, Al, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe) decreased. The C content was positively correlated with CA and least squares fitting indicated increasing amounts of non-polar C species with soil age. The contents of O and the mineral-derived cations were negatively correlated with CA, suggesting an increasing organic coating of the minerals that progressively masked the underlying mineral phase. The atomic O/C ratio was found to show a close negative relationship with CA, which applied as well to further sample sets of different texture and origin. This suggests the surface O/C ratio to be a general parameter linking surface wettability and surface elemental composition.

  12. XPS characterization scheme for phase-pure epitaxial NbO2

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    Hadamek, Tobias; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alex

    NbO2 shows a semiconductor-to-metal transition with an associated structural transition of Peierls type. NbO2 and Nb2O5 or mixtures thereof have also shown electrically induced insulator-to-metal transitions. To shed light on the nature of the electrically induced insulator-to-metal transition it is important to grow high phase purity NbO2 and Nb2O5 and compare electrical measurements with mixed niobium oxides and with different electrode materials. Processing NbO2 and avoiding surface oxidation requires ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Niobium oxide thin films where grown in UHV by molecular beam epitaxy on 111-oriented STO substrates and analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was shown that the NbO2 3d core level spectrum exhibits an asymmetric spin-orbit peak pair with more spectral weight on the high binding energy side. Based on the shape of the Nb 3d core levels, peak positions relative to the oxygen O 1s peak, and the valence band shape and height ratio of the niobium 4dxy split-off band to the oxygen 2p band, an identification scheme for NbO2 by XPS was devised. Complementary the NbO2 phase was confirmed by reflection high-energy electron and x-ray diffraction analysis.

  13. Spectroellipsometric, AFM and XPS probing of stainless steel surfaces subjected to biological influences

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    Vinnichenko, M.; Chevolleau, Th; Pham, M. T.; Poperenko, L.; Maitz, M. F.

    2002-11-01

    Surface modification of austenitic stainless steel (SS) 316L after incubation in growing cell cultures and cell-free media as control has been studied. The following treatments were applied: mouse fibrosarcoma cells L929 for 3 and 7 days, polymorphonuclear neutrophils for 3 and 7 days and human osteosarcoma cells SAOS-2 for 7 and 14 days. Cells were enzymatically removed in all cases. The modified surfaces were probed in comparison with untreated ones by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XPS shows the appearance of the peak of bonded nitrogen at 400.5 eV characteristic for adsorbed proteins on the surface for each type of cells and for the cell-free medium. Migration of Ni in the adsorbed layer is observed in all cases for samples after the cell cultures. The protein layer thickness is ellipsometrically determined to be within 2.5-6.0 nm for all treated samples with parameterization of its optical constants in Cauchy approach. The study showed that for such biological treatments of the SS the protein layer adsorption is the dominating process in the first 2 weeks, which could play a role in the process of corrosion by complex forming properties with metal ions.

  14. Thermal chemistry of copper acetamidinate atomic layer deposition precursors on silicon oxide surfaces studied by XPS

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    Yao, Yunxi; Zaera, Francisco

    2016-01-15

    The thermal surface chemistry of copper(I)-N,N′-di-sec-butylacetamidinate, [Cu({sup s}Bu-amd)]{sub 2}, a metalorganic complex recently proposed for the chemical-based deposition of copper films, has been characterized on SiO{sub 2} films under ultrahigh vacuum conditions by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Initial adsorption at cryogenic temperatures results in the oxidation of the copper centers with Cu 2p{sub 3/2} XPS binding energies close to those seen for a +2 oxidation state, an observation that the authors interpret as the result of the additional coordination of oxygen atoms from the surface to the Cu atoms of the molecular acetamidinate dimer. Either heating to 300 K or dosing the precursor directly at that temperature leads to the loss of one of its two ligands, presumably via hydrogenation/protonation with a hydrogen/proton from a silanol group, or following a similar reaction on a defect site. By approximately 500 K the Cu 2p{sub 3/2}, C 1s, and N 1s XPS data suggest that the remaining acetamidinate ligand is displaced from the copper center and bonds to the silicon oxide directly, after which temperatures above 900 K need to be reached to promote further (and only partial) decomposition of those organic moieties. It was also shown that the uptake of the Cu precursor is self-limiting at either 300 or 500 K, although the initial chemistry is somewhat different at the two temperatures, and that the nature of the substrate also defines reactivity, with the thin native silicon oxide layer always present on Si(100) surfaces being less reactive than thicker films grown by evaporation, presumably because of the lower density of surface nucleation sites.

  15. Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards Interlaboratory Study on Measuring the Thickness and Chemistry of Nanoparticle Coatings Using XPS and LEIS.

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    Belsey, Natalie A; Cant, David J H; Minelli, Caterina; Araujo, Joyce R; Bock, Bernd; Brüner, Philipp; Castner, David G; Ceccone, Giacomo; Counsell, Jonathan D P; Dietrich, Paul M; Engelhard, Mark H; Fearn, Sarah; Galhardo, Carlos E; Kalbe, Henryk; Won Kim, Jeong; Lartundo-Rojas, Luis; Luftman, Henry S; Nunney, Tim S; Pseiner, Johannes; Smith, Emily F; Spampinato, Valentina; Sturm, Jacobus M; Thomas, Andrew G; Treacy, Jon P W; Veith, Lothar; Wagstaffe, Michael; Wang, Hai; Wang, Meiling; Wang, Yung-Chen; Werner, Wolfgang; Yang, Li; Shard, Alexander G

    2016-10-27

    We report the results of a VAMAS (Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards) inter-laboratory study on the measurement of the shell thickness and chemistry of nanoparticle coatings. Peptide-coated gold particles were supplied to laboratories in two forms: a colloidal suspension in pure water and; particles dried onto a silicon wafer. Participants prepared and analyzed these samples using either X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) or low energy ion scattering (LEIS). Careful data analysis revealed some significant sources of discrepancy, particularly for XPS. Degradation during transportation, storage or sample preparation resulted in a variability in thickness of 53 %. The calculation method chosen by XPS participants contributed a variability of 67 %. However, variability of 12 % was achieved for the samples deposited using a single method and by choosing photoelectron peaks that were not adversely affected by instrumental transmission effects. The study identified a need for more consistency in instrumental transmission functions and relative sensitivity factors, since this contributed a variability of 33 %. The results from the LEIS participants were more consistent, with variability of less than 10 % in thickness and this is mostly due to a common method of data analysis. The calculation was performed using a model developed for uniform, flat films and some participants employed a correction factor to account for the sample geometry, which appears warranted based upon a simulation of LEIS data from one of the participants and comparison to the XPS results.

  16. Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards Interlaboratory Study on Measuring the Thickness and Chemistry of Nanoparticle Coatings Using XPS and LEIS

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    Belsey, Natalie A.; Cant, David J. H.; Minelli, Caterina; Araujo, Joyce R.; Bock, Bernd; Brüner, Philipp; Castner, David G.; Ceccone, Giacomo; Counsell, Jonathan D. P.; Dietrich, Paul M.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Fearn, Sarah; Galhardo, Carlos E.; Kalbe, Henryk; Kim, Jeong Won; Lartundo-Rojas, Luis; Luftman, Henry S.; Nunney, Tim S.; Pseiner, Johannes; Smith, Emily F.; Spampinato, Valentina; Sturm, Jacobus M.; Thomas, Andrew G.; Treacy, Jon P. W.; Veith, Lothar; Wagstaffe, Michael; Wang, Hai; Wang, Meiling; Wang, Yung-Chen; Werner, Wolfgang; Yang, Li; Shard, Alexander G.

    2016-10-27

    We report the results of a VAMAS (Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards) inter-laboratory study on the measurement of the shell thickness and chemistry of nanoparticle coatings. Peptide-coated gold particles were supplied to laboratories in two forms: a colloidal suspension in pure water and; particles dried onto a silicon wafer. Participants prepared and analyzed these samples using either X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) or low energy ion scattering (LEIS). Careful data analysis revealed some significant sources of discrepancy, particularly for XPS. Degradation during transportation, storage or sample preparation resulted in a variability in thickness of 53 %. The calculation method chosen by XPS participants contributed a variability of 67 %. However, variability of 12 % was achieved for the samples deposited using a single method and by choosing photoelectron peaks that were not adversely affected by instrumental transmission effects. The study identified a need for more consistency in instrumental transmission functions and relative sensitivity factors, since this contributed a variability of 33 %. The results from the LEIS participants were more consistent, with variability of less than 10 % in thickness and this is mostly due to a common method of data analysis. The calculation was performed using a model developed for uniform, flat films and some participants employed a correction factor to account for the sample geometry, which appears warranted based upon a simulation of LEIS data from one of the participants and comparison to the XPS results.

  17. Photoelectron energy peaks at Titan: A statistical overview and comparison to Venus and Mars

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    Wellbrock, Anne; Jones, Geraint; Coates, Andrew

    The Cassini CAPS Electron Spectrometer (ELS) has observed discrete energy peaks at 24.1 eV in the electron spectra in Titan's ionosphere. These electrons are believed to be photoelectrons generated due to the ionisation of N2 by the strong solar He II (30.4nm) line. They are generally observed in Titan's dayside ionosphere, because this is where neutral N2 particles can be ionized by solar radiation. Coates et al. (2007) discuss initial observations of these photoelectrons in Titan's distant tail during the Titan encounter 'T9'. Wellbrock et al. (2012) describe three other case studies where these photoelectrons were observed at large distances from Titan. The photoelectrons are unlikely to have originated at these locations because of low neutral N2 densities. The most likely explanation for their existence at these locations is that they travelled along magnetic field lines to the observation sites from the dayside ionosphere, where they were created. Hybrid modelling results support this idea (Wellbrock et al., 2012). In this paper we continue the study of photoelectrons at Titan by performing a statistical overview of photoelectron observation in Titan's ionosphere and exosphere. Similar photoelectron energy peaks are observed at Mars and Venus due to the ionisation of CO2 and O (Frahm et al., 2006, Coates et al., 2008, 2011). We compare the morphology of photoelectron observations at Titan, Mars and Venus and discuss how they can be used to improve our understanding of the complex magnetic environment surrounding unmagnetised bodies with an atmosphere.

  18. Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy of metal clusters

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    Miller, Stephen R.

    Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy of metal clusters Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy (APES) and density functional theory (DFT) are applied to the study of structure and reactivity in small metal containing molecules. The studies described fall into two general categories: the study of bare metal clusters and the study of metal/organic ligand reactions. The current lack of spectroscopic data for small, bare gas-phase metal compounds makes the experimental study of such compounds important for understanding structure and bonding in open-shell metallic species. The heteronuclear diatomic anions MCu- (M = Cr, Mo) were prepared in a flowing afterglow ion-molecule reactor, and studied experimentally with APES. Anion and neutral vibrational frequencies and MCu electron affinities were obtained for both systems. The experiments were supplemented by DFT calculations. The combined use of experiment and theory allows for the assignment of both photoelectron spectra, including a reassignment of the CrCu ground state reported in the literature. Similarly, DFT was used to assign the anionic/neutral electronic states observed in the photoelectron spectra of Al3- and Al3O-. The study of partially ligated organometallic complexes offers a means of examining the interactions between metal atoms and individual ligand molecules. DFT was used to assign electronic states observed in the photoelectron spectra of NbC2H2-, NbC4H4 -NbC6H6- and VC6H 6-. Comparison of the NbnHn - (n = 2, 4, 6) spectra (obtained through the reaction of C2 H4 and Nb) with DFT results provides the first direct spectroscopic evidence of the conversion of ethylene to benzene by a gas phase metal atom. Experiments were used to probe the reactivity of Y with C2H 4 in an effort to examine the generality of the metal induced C 2H4 dehydrogenation/cyclization reactions. Some of the key products in the Y reactions were YC2H-, YC 2H2-, and YC6H5 -. However, the results

  19. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of the Effect of Hydrocarbon Contamination on Poly(Tetrafluoroethylene) Exposed to a Nitrogen Plasma

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    Golub, Morton A.; Lopata, Eugene S.; Finney, Lorie S.

    1993-01-01

    In this note, we show that X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) data and the changes in surface properties attending exposure of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) films to a nitrogen plasma can likewise be misinterpreted when the interfering role of minor surface hydrocarbon contamination is not taken into account.

  20. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of the Effect of Hydrocarbon Contamination on Poly(Tetrafluoroethylene) Exposed to a Nitrogen Plasma

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    Golub, Morton A.; Lopata, Eugene S.; Finney, Lorie S.

    1993-01-01

    It has been shown that unless the surface of poly(tetrafluoroethylene)(PTFE) is free of hydrocarbon contamination, anomalous changes in the oxygen and fluorine contents, as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and hence also the surface properties, may be improperly ascribed to a PTFE film exposed to a oxygen plasma.

  1. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy, and raman and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of near-isogenic soft and hard wheat kernels and corresponding flours

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    Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are used to investigate vitreous (hard) and non-vitreous (soft) wheat kernels and their corresponding wheat flours. AFM data reveal two different microstructures. The vitreous kernel reveals a granular text...

  2. Physical and Chemical Behaviors of HCl on Ice Surface: Insights from an XPS and NEXAFS Study

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    Kong, X.; Waldner, A.; Orlando, F.; Birrer, M.; Artiglia, L.; Ammann, M.; Bartels-Rausch, T.

    2016-12-01

    Ice and snow play active roles for the water cycle, the energy budget of the Earth, and environmental chemistry in the atmosphere and cryosphere. Trace gases can be taken up by ice, and physical and chemical fates of the impurities could modify surface properties significantly and consequently influence atmospheric chemistry and the climate system. However, the understanding of chemical behaviour of impurities on ice surface are very poor, which is largely limited by the difficulties to apply high sensitivity experimental approaches to ambient air conditions, e.g. studies of volatile surfaces, because of the strict requirements of vacuum experimental conditions. In this study, we employed synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and partial electron yield Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) in a state-of-the-art near-ambient pressure photoelectron (NAPP) spectroscopy end station. The NAPP enables to utilize the surface sensitive experimental methods, XPS and NEXAFS, on volatile surfaces, i.e. ice at temperatures approaching 0°C. XPS and NEXAFS together provide unique information of hydrogen bonding network, dopants surface concentration, dopant depth profile, and acidic dissociation on the surfaces1. Taking the advantages of the highly sensitive techniques, the adsorption, dissociation and depth profile of Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) on ice were studied. In brief, two states of Chloride on ice surface are identified from the adsorbed HCl, and they are featured with different depth profiles along the ice layers. Combining our results and previously reported constants from literatures (e.g. HCl diffusion coefficients in ice)2, a layered kinetic model has been constructed to fit the depth profiles of two states of Chloride. On the other side, pure ice and doped ice are compared for their surface structure change caused by temperature and the presence of HCl, which shows how the strong acid affect the ice surface in turn. 1. Orlando, F., et

  3. Note: Energy calibration of a femtosecond photoelectron imaging detector with correction for the ponderomotive shift of atomic ionization energies

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    Hüter, O.; Temps, F.

    2017-04-01

    Femtosecond photoelectron imaging spectroscopy is a powerful technique for following state-resolved molecular transformations in complex coupled potential energy landscapes. To avoid unwanted nonlinear side-effects, the employed laser pulse energies are usually reduced to minimal values. However, the energy calibration of the photoelectron imaging detector is ideally performed using multi-photon above-threshold ionization of suitable atomic species, for which rather high laser intensities are required. In this work, we show that the calibration spectra of xenon obtained with high laser pulse energies cannot be directly used for the evaluation of molecular photoelectron spectra recorded using low-energy laser pulses. The reason is the intensity-dependent AC Stark shift of the atomic ionization energies to larger values, which in turn leads to a corresponding decrease of the photoelectron kinetic energies. We present a simple procedure to quantify this so-called ponderomotive shift and calculate the theoretically expected un-shifted photoelectron energies.

  4. Evolution of photoelectron vibrational coupling with molecular complexity

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    Poliakoff, E. D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2006-11-01

    We review how electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom become coupled in molecular photoionization, and describe effects that emerge as the molecular complexity increases. Molecular photoionization is frequently influenced by the temporary trapping of the continuum electron in the field of the target molecules, which is referred to as a shape resonance, as it depends on the shape of the potential experienced by the exiting photoelectron. Such resonances couple electronic and vibrational motion, and the nature of the coupling can vary widely for polyatomic molecules. We show how vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra acquired as a function of energy can be used to elucidate such coupling. The experiments are analysed using physically realistic and computationally tractable Schwinger variational theory, and the systems studied to date can be well understood using an independent-particle, adiabatic nuclei framework. As a result, simple and intuitive pictures emerge, even when dealing with scattering phenomena involving complex molecular targets and potentials.

  5. Investigation of photoelectron spectroscopy. [for obtaining branching ratios

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    Samson, J. A. R.

    1973-01-01

    The problem of obtaining true and meaningful branching ratios from the photoelectron spectra is investigated. The problem consists of understanding the transmission of an electron energy analyzer for electrons with different energies, understanding the effects of using partially polarized radiation from different vacuum monochromators, and in understanding the effects of the angular distribution of photoelectrons ejected from different orbitals. An analysis of the degree of polarization of monochromatic radiation and of the problem of varying angular distributions led to the construction of a cylindrical mirror electron energy analyzer set at the special angle of 54 deg 44 min so that no discrimination would occur for electrons of different angular distributions. With the analyzer properly calibrated for transmission of electrons of different energies, data were taken at several wavelengths and for several atmospheric gases.

  6. Ultrafast molecular orbital imaging based on attosecond photoelectron diffraction.

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    Li, Yang; Qin, Meiyan; Zhu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Qingbin; Lan, Pengfei; Lu, Peixiang

    2015-04-20

    We present ab initio numerical study of ultrafast ionization dynamics of H(2)(+) as well as CO(2) and N(2) exposed to linearly polarized attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses. When the molecules are aligned perpendicular to laser polarization direction, photonionization of these molecules show clear and distinguishing diffraction patterns in molecular attosecond photoelectron momentum distributions. The internuclear distances of the molecules are related to the position of the associated diffraction patterns, which can be determined with high accuracy. Moreover, the relative heights of the diffraction fringes contain fruitful information of the molecular orbital structures. We show that the diffraction spectra can be well produced using the two-center interference model. By adopting a simple inversion algorithm which takes into account the symmetry of the initial molecular orbital, we can retrieve the molecular orbital from which the electron is ionized. Our results offer possibility for imaging of molecular structure and orbitals by performing molecular attosecond photoelectron diffraction.

  7. Chemical Visualization of a GaN p-n junction by XPS

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    Caliskan, Deniz; Sezen, Hikmet; Ozbay, Ekmel; Suzer, Sefik

    2015-01-01

    We report on an operando XPS investigation of a GaN diode, by recording the Ga2p3/2 peak position under both forward and reverse bias. Areal maps of the peak positions under reverse bias are completely decoupled with respect to doped regions and allow a novel chemical visualization of the p-n junction in a 2-D fashion. Other electrical properties of the device, such as leakage current, resistivity of the domains are also tapped via recording line-scan spectra. Application of a triangular voltage excitation enables probing photoresponse of the device. PMID:26359762

  8. In Situ Studies of Surface Mobility on Noble Metal Model Catalysts Using STM and XPS at Ambient Pressure

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    Butcher, Derek Robert

    2010-06-01

    High Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (HP-STM) and Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy were used to study the structural properties and catalytic behavior of noble metal surfaces at high pressure. HP-STM was used to study the structural rearrangement of the top most atomic surface layer of the metal surfaces in response to changes in gas pressure and reactive conditions. AP-XPS was applied to single crystal and nanoparticle systems to monitor changes in the chemical composition of the surface layer in response to changing gas conditions. STM studies on the Pt(100) crystal face showed the lifting of the Pt(100)-hex surface reconstruction in the presence of CO, H2, and Benzene. The gas adsorption and subsequent charge transfer relieves the surface strain caused by the low coordination number of the (100) surface atoms allowing the formation of a (1 x 1) surface structure commensurate with the bulk terminated crystal structure. The surface phase change causes a transformation of the surface layer from hexagonal packing geometry to a four-fold symmetric surface which is rich in atomic defects. Lifting the hex reconstruction at room temperature resulted in a surface structure decorated with 2-3 nm Pt adatom islands with a high density of step edge sites. Annealing the surface at a modest temperature (150 C) in the presence of a high pressure of CO or H2 increased the surface diffusion of the Pt atoms causing the adatom islands to aggregate reducing the surface concentration of low coordination defect sites. Ethylene hydrogenation was studied on the Pt(100) surface using HP-STM. At low pressure, the lifting of the hex reconstruction was observed in the STM images. Increasing the ethylene pressure to 1 Torr, was found to regenerate the hexagonally symmetric reconstructed phase. At room temperature ethylene undergoes a structural rearrangement to form ethylidyne. Ethylidyne preferentially binds at the three-fold hollow sites, which

  9. Hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of chalcopyrite solar cell components

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    Gloskovskii, A.; Jenkins, C. A.; Ouardi, S.; Balke, B.; Fecher, G. H.; Dai, X.-F.; Gruhn, T.; Johnson, B.; Lauermann, I.; Caballero, R.; Kaufmann, C. A.; Felser, C.

    2012-02-01

    Hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is used to examine the partial density of states of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), a semiconducting component of solar cells. The investigated, thin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 films were produced by multi-stage co-evaporation. Details of the measured core level and valence band spectra are compared to the calculated density of states. The semiconducting type electronic structure of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 is clearly resolved in the hard x-ray photoelectron spectra.

  10. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and structural analysis of amorphous SiO{sub x}N{sub y} films deposited at low temperatures

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    Cova, P.; Poulin, S.; Masut, R.A.

    2005-11-01

    We establish, using a tetrahedral model, the bonding properties of amorphous silicon oxynitride (a-SiO{sub x}N{sub y}) films deposited at low temperatures (LTs) by electron-cyclotron resonance chemical-vapor deposition (ECRCVD) on several substrates and under various conditions of gas flows and total gas pressure in a dilute mixture of SiH{sub 4}+N{sub 2} in Ar. The atomic percentage of each tetrahedral unit incorporated in the film network is calculated from the deconvolution of the high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra in the Si 2p{sub 3/2} region and corroborated by the results obtained from both survey scans and the high-resolution XPS spectra in the N 1s region. The Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} phase is the most important one and the only bonding unit which is incorporated in all our LT ECRCVD SiO{sub x}N{sub y} films. The incorporation of all the other component tetrahedrons depends strongly on growth conditions. The threshold values of the N/Si atomic ratio for which intrinsic defects, such as Si-Si bonds, are not incorporated in the network depend on the O/Si ratio incorporated in the films, mainly due to the competition between oxygen and nitrogen atoms in their reaction with silicon dangling bonds. The effect of the total gas pressure on the atomic percentages of the oxidation states present in the LT ECRCVD SiO{sub x}N{sub y} films is qualitatively similar to the effect of the ion bombarding energy or the plasma density. O-N bonds are present only in samples having high amount of oxygen and nitrogen in their networks. For these films, our results show unambiguously the presence of the N-Si{sub 2}O tetrahedron and suggest that N-Si{sub 3-{nu}}O{sub {nu}} tetrahedrons with {nu}{>=}2 are not incorporated in their networks. A correlation is observed between the N-Si{sub 2}O and the Si-O{sub 3}(ON) tetrahedrons whose component peak is localized at (104.0{+-}0.2) eV in the Si 2p{sub 3/2} region of the XPS data, which suggests that both bonding

  11. XPS investigation of ion beam induced conversion of GaAs(0 0 1) surface into GaN overlayer

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    Kumar, Praveen; Kumar, Mahesh; Govind; Mehta, B. R.; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2009-10-01

    For the advance of GaN based optoelectronic devices, one of the major barriers has been the high defect density in GaN thin films, due to lattice parameter and thermal expansion incompatibility with conventional substrates. Of late, efforts are focused in fine tuning epitaxial growth and in search for a low temperature method of forming low defect GaN with zincblende structure, by a method compatible to the molecular beam epitaxy process. In principle, to grow zincblende GaN the substrate should have four-fold symmetry and thus zincblende GaN has been prepared on several substrates including Si, 3C-SiC, GaP, MgO, and on GaAs(0 0 1). The iso-structure and a common shared element make the epitaxial growth of GaN on GaAs(0 0 1) feasible and useful. In this study ion-induced conversion of GaAs(0 0 1) surface into GaN at room temperature is optimized. At the outset a Ga-rich surface is formed by Ar + ion bombardment. Nitrogen ion bombardment of the Ga-rich GaAs surface is performed by using 2-4 keV energy and fluence ranging from 3 × 10 13 ions/cm 2 to 1 × 10 18 ions/cm 2. Formation of surface GaN is manifested as chemical shift. In situ core level and true secondary electron emission spectra by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are monitored to observe the chemical and electronic property changes. Using XPS line shape analysis by deconvolution into chemical state, we report that 3 keV N 2+ ions and 7.2 × 10 17 ions/cm 2 are the optimal energy and fluence, respectively, for the nitridation of GaAs(0 0 1) surface at room temperature. The measurement of electron emission of the interface shows the dependence of work function to the chemical composition of the interface. Depth profile study by using Ar + ion sputtering, shows that a stoichiometric GaN of 1 nm thickness forms on the surface. This, room temperature and molecular beam epitaxy compatible, method of forming GaN temperature can serve as an excellent template for growing low defect GaN epitaxial overlayers.

  12. Corrosion and degradation studies utilizing X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Hixson, Holly Gwyndolen

    1997-08-01

    This dissertation involves studies of corrosion behavior at the surface of various metal samples, as well as the degradation of wool fibers obtained from the Star-Spangled Banner. Molybdenum metal and iron-zinc alloys were examined under corrosive conditions, and the degradation of the wool fibers was studied. The behavior of a polished molybdenum metal surface upon exposure to both aerated and deaerated water and 1.0 M NaCl solution was studied by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Exposure to deaerated water and NaCl failed to produce oxidation of the metal surfaces, but exposing the polished metal surface to aerated water produced significant oxidation. Metal surfaces cleaned by argon-ion etching were found to be inert to oxidation by aerated water. The etching process also appears to passivate the metal surface. The behavior of molybdenum metal in 0.5 M Hsb2SOsb4 treated at various potentials has been studied using core and valence band XPS. The study indicates that Mosp{IV} and Mosp{VI} (including possibly Mosp{V} in some cases) were formed as the potential of the system was increased within the active range of molybdenum. The corrosive behavior of iron-zinc alloys that have been electroplated on plain steel in both aerated and deaerated quadruply-distilled water has been studied using XPS. Several different iron-zinc alloys were electroplated for comparative purposes: an iron-rich alloy, a zinc-rich alloy, and an alloy of similar iron and zinc composition. Treatment in aerated water produces oxidation for the iron-rich and similar composition alloys, but the oxide is reduced for the zinc-rich alloy. Degradation of the fibers in the original Star-Spangled Banner has been monitored using XPS and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Comparison of white and red wool fibers and linen fibers from the flag with new, mechanically-abraded, and chemically-treated white, red, and linen fibers, respectively, was performed in an attempt to determine the fibers' levels

  13. General equation for size nanocharacterization of the core-shell nanoparticles by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Gillet, Jean-Numa; Meunier, Michel

    2005-05-12

    Nanocharacterization is essential for nanoengineering of new types of core-shell (c-s) nanoparticles, which can be used to design new devices for photonics, electronics, catalysis, medicine, etc. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been widely used to study the elemental composition of the c-s nanoparticles. However, the physical and chemical properties of a c-s nanoparticle dramatically depend on the sizes of its core and shell. We therefore propose a general equation for the XPS intensity of a c-s nanoparticle, which is based on an analytical model. With this equation, XPS can now also be used for nanocharacterization of the core and shell sizes of the c-s nanoparticles (with a diameter smaller than or equal to the XPS probing depth of approximately 10 nm). To validate the new equation with experimental XPS data, we first determine the average shell thickness of a group of c-s nanoparticles by comparing the XPS intensity of reference bare cores to that of the c-s nanoparticles. Then we study the growth kinetics of the cores and shells of another group of c-s nanoparticles where the shells are obtained by oxidation.

  14. Calcination products of gibbsite studied by X-ray diffraction, XPS and solid-state NMR

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    Malki, A.; Mekhalif, Z.; Detriche, S.; Fonder, G.; Boumaza, A.; Djelloul, A.

    2014-07-01

    The changes caused by heat treatment of gibbsite powder at 300–1473 K were studied using the X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoemission (XPS) spectra and {sup 27}Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ({sup 27}Al MAS NMR). XRD analysis indicates that the transformation sequence involves the formation of κ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as an intermediate phase between χ- and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The crystallite size of χ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is as small as 10 nm. XPS analysis indicates that the ratio of aluminium atoms to oxygen atoms in χ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and κ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increases, whereas the expected ratio is observed in α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The percentage of AlO{sub 4} units in the transition aluminas follows the same behaviour as the ratio of Al/O. - Graphical abstract: The percentage of AlO{sub 4} units in transition aluminas follows the same behaviour as the ratio of Al/O. - Highlights: • Calcination products of gibbsite studied by XRD, XPS and solid-state NMR. • The crystallite size of χ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is as small as 10 nm. • The Al/O atomic ratio determined by XPS is larger than 2/3 in χ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and κ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • The percentage of AlO{sub 4} in the aluminas follows the same behaviour as the Al/O atomic ratio.

  15. Monitoring potassium metal electrodeposition from an ionic liquid using in situ electrochemical-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wibowo, Rahmat; Aldous, Leigh; Jacobs, Robert M. J.; Manan, Ninie S. A.; Compton, Richard G.

    2011-06-01

    The real time electrodeposition of potassium has been monitored for the first time in an ionic liquid using in situ electrodeposition-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The ionic liquid used was N-butyl- N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C 4mpyrr][ NTf 2]), and electrodeposition occurred at a nickel mesh electrode. Potassium electrochemistry was monitored at the ionic liquid-vacuum-electrode interface using a novel cell design.

  16. Acid-Base Interactions of Polystyrene Sulfonic Acid in Amorphous Solid Dispersions Using a Combined UV/FTIR/XPS/ssNMR Study.

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    Song, Yang; Zemlyanov, Dmitry; Chen, Xin; Nie, Haichen; Su, Ziyang; Fang, Ke; Yang, Xinghao; Smith, Daniel; Byrn, Stephen; Lubach, Joseph W

    2016-02-01

    This study investigates the potential drug-excipient interactions of polystyrene sulfonic acid (PSSA) and two weakly basic anticancer drugs, lapatinib (LB) and gefitinib (GB), in amorphous solid dispersions. Based on the strong acidity of the sulfonic acid functional group, PSSA was hypothesized to exhibit specific intermolecular acid-base interactions with both model basic drugs. Ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy identified red shifts, which correlated well with the color change observed in lapatinib-PSSA solutions. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra suggest the protonation of the quinazoline nitrogen atom in both model compounds, which agrees well with data from the crystalline ditosylate salt of lapatinib. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) detected increases in binding energy of the basic nitrogen atoms in both lapatinib and gefitinib, strongly indicating protonation of these nitrogen atoms. (15)N solid-state NMR spectroscopy provided direct spectroscopic evidence for protonation of the quinazoline nitrogen atoms in both LB and GB, as well as the secondary amine nitrogen atom in LB and the tertiary amine nitrogen atom in GB. The observed chemical shifts in the LB-PSSA (15)N spectrum also agree very well with the lapatinib ditosylate salt where proton transfer is known. Additionally, the dissolution and physical stability behaviors of both amorphous solid dispersions were examined. PSSA was found to significantly improve the dissolution of LB and GB and effectively inhibit the crystallization of LB and GB under accelerated storage conditions due to the beneficial strong intermolecular acid-base interaction between the sulfonic acid groups and basic nitrogen centers.

  17. Photoelectron holography of platinum (111)

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    Petersen, B.L.; Terminello, L.J.; Barton, J.J.; Shirley, D.A.

    1993-04-01

    Platinum atoms near a (111) single-crystal face have been imaged using photoelectron holography. Electron angular intensity patterns were collected at equally spaced wavenumbers from 6 to 12{Angstrom}{sup {minus}1}. Images of atoms near expected atomic positions are obtained from single-wavenumber analyses over the range of the data set. Positions are detected further from the emitter than we have seen previously, and symmetry assumptions are not required. We have also adopted a three dimensional means of representing the data in order to help understand the results. Twin image suppression and artifact reduction in the holographically reconstructed data are set are obtained when images at different wavenumbers are correctly phase-summed. We are assessing the capability of the technique for rendering true three-dimensional structural information for unknown systems.

  18. Femtosecond photoelectron point projection microscope

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    Quinonez, Erik; Handali, Jonathan; Barwick, Brett

    2013-10-15

    By utilizing a nanometer ultrafast electron source in a point projection microscope we demonstrate that images of nanoparticles with spatial resolutions of the order of 100 nanometers can be obtained. The duration of the emission process of the photoemitted electrons used to make images is shown to be of the order of 100 fs using an autocorrelation technique. The compact geometry of this photoelectron point projection microscope does not preclude its use as a simple ultrafast electron microscope, and we use simple analytic models to estimate temporal resolutions that can be expected when using it as a pump-probe ultrafast electron microscope. These models show a significant increase in temporal resolution when comparing to ultrafast electron microscopes based on conventional designs. We also model the microscopes spectroscopic abilities to capture ultrafast phenomena such as the photon induced near field effect.

  19. Composite targets in HiPIMS plasmas: Correlation of in-vacuum XPS characterization and optical plasma diagnostics

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    Layes, Vincent; Monje, Sascha; Corbella, Carles; Schulz-von der Gathen, Volker; von Keudell, Achim; de los Arcos, Teresa

    2017-05-01

    In-vacuum characterization of magnetron targets after High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) has been performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Al-Cr composite targets (circular, 50 mm diameter) mounted in two different geometries were investigated: an Al target with a small Cr disk embedded at the racetrack position and a Cr target with a small Al disk embedded at the racetrack position. The HiPIMS discharge and the target surface composition were characterized in parallel for low, intermediate, and high power conditions, thus covering both the Ar-dominated and the metal-dominated HiPIMS regimes. The HiPIMS plasma was investigated using optical emission spectroscopy and fast imaging using a CCD camera; the spatially resolved XPS surface characterization was performed after in-vacuum transfer of the magnetron target to the XPS chamber. This parallel evaluation showed that (i) target redeposition of sputtered species was markedly more effective for Cr atoms than for Al atoms; (ii) oxidation at the target racetrack was observed even though the discharge ran in pure Ar gas without O2 admixture, the oxidation depended on the discharge power and target composition; and (iii) a bright emission spot fixed on top of the inserted Cr disk appeared for high power conditions.

  20. Drying methods for XPS analysis of PureVision™, Focus ® Night&Day™ and conventional hydrogel contact lenses

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    Karlgard, Caroline C. S.; Sarkar, Dilip K.; Jones, Lyndon W.; Moresoli, Christine; Leung, K. T.

    2004-05-01

    The surface composition of hydrogel contact lenses that contain silicon-based monomers, PureVision™ (balafilcon A) and Focus ® Night&Day™ (lotrafilcon A), were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Conventional and daily disposable hydrogel lenses based on hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) were also studied, with the commonly prescribed 1-day Acuvue ® lens (etafilcon A) used as a control. All the lenses were pre-washed and dehydrated by three different methods, including drying in air, drying in nitrogen or freezing with subsequent freeze-drying, before the XPS analysis. The lenses dried in air had more impurities on the surface, and the lenses that were freeze-dried lost transparency, suggesting that drying lenses in nitrogen is the preferred preparation method for XPS analysis. Surface compositions for all lens materials were obtained and this data can be used as a control/base-value for future analysis of the interactions of soft contact lens materials with chemicals such as drugs or tear components.

  1. Mixed adlayer of alkanethiol and peptide on GaAs(100): quantitative characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Wampler, Heeyeon P; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y; Lee, Kangho; Janes, David B; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2008-04-01

    Homogeneous and mixed adlayers composed of an alkanethiol (1-octadecanethiol, ODT) and a peptide (CGISYGRKKRRQRRR) on GaAs(100) were formed in two different solvent systems: phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The chemical composition of each adlayer was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The data showed that the makeup of the adlayer and its stability largely depends on the solvent used. Angle-resolved XPS also revealed that the adlayer thickness and tilt angles were different from values obtained from ellipsometry measurements and vastly varied between the two solvents used. The coverage data extracted from the XPS measurements indicated that homogeneous adlayers of peptide in PBS buffer form a multilayered film. Homogeneous alkanethiol adlayers exhibited monolayer coverage under all solvent treatments. Coadsorbed layers containing both alkanethiol and peptide have fractional monolayer coverage in both solvents.

  2. Investigation of passive films on {alpha}{sub 2} and {gamma} titanium aluminides by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Ziomek-Moroz, M.; Su, W.; Covino, B.S. Jr.

    1999-07-01

    Passive films on {alpha}{sub 2} and {gamma} titanium aluminide formed potentiostatically in sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sulfuric acid (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) solutions were studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In NaOH, potentiostatic experiments showed that titanium aluminides had very similar passive current densities to that of Ti. XPS sputter depth profile showed nearly no Al present in the outer layer of the passive films. In H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, passive current densities increased for specimens with increasing Al content. XPS sputter depth profile showed that Al was enriched in outer layers of the passive films. These results indicated that the passive film dissolution rates increased with increasing amounts of Al in the passive film for titanium aluminides.

  3. Investigation of passive films on alpha2 and gamma titanium aluminides by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Ziomek-Moroz, M.; Su, W.; Covino, Bernard S., Jr.

    1999-07-01

    Passive films on alpha2 and gamma titanium aluminide formed potentiostatically in sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4) solutions were studied by x-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS). In NaOH, potentiostatic experiments showed that titanium aluminides had very similar passive current densities to that of Ti. XPS sputter depth profile showed nearly no Al present in the outer layer of the passive films. In H2SO4, passive current densities increased for specimens with increasing Al content. XPS sputter depth profile showed that Al was enriched in outer layers of the passive films. These results indicated that the passive film dissolution rate increased with increasing amounts of Al in the passive film for titanium aluminides.

  4. Assessment of the weathering of protective coatings using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wilson, G.R.; Skerry, B.S.

    1993-12-31

    Three fully formulated coatings systems: polyurethane, alkyd and latex, were exposed either outdoors to a natural industrial atmospheric environment or to an accelerated corrosion/weathering test incorporating UV-condensation exposures and wet/dry corrosion cycling or to an RF generated {open_quotes}in-glow{close_quotes} oxygen plasma. Changes in coating surface chemistry as a function of time in each environment were followed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS detected changes in the surface composition of all three systems for all three environmentS. Some of the trends in degradation detected on the exterior exposed samples were reproduced by both accelerated tests. The data obtained from this study also suggested that the corrosion/weathering test would benefit from an increase in the amount of UV exposure over that which is currently used. Oxygen plasma etching also appears to have some potential as a tool for accelerated weathering of paint systems.

  5. Photoelectron emission properties of hydrogen terminated intrinsic diamond

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    Takeuchi, D.; Nebel, C. E.; Yamasaki, S.

    2006-04-01

    Hydrogen terminated intrinsic diamond is characterized using photoelectron emission spectroscopy. Samples have been annealed at temperatures Ta from 200 to 1000 °C. The electron emission characteristics can be divided into three regimes: (I) (Ta<300 °C) is governed by surface band bending which allows only excitons to reach the surface with subsequent dissociation. (II) (300 °C<=Ta<=650 °C) shows increased electron emission and the surface band bending has been removed. Here, excitons and electrons contribute. (III) (Ta>650 °C) additional rise of emission is detected. The spectra are dominated by photon-phonon interactions which are discussed in detail.

  6. Photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory study of ConO- (n = 1-3)

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    Li, Ren-Zhong; Liang, Jun; Xu, Xi-Ling; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2013-06-01

    ConO- (n = 1-3) clusters were investigated with photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional calculations. The vertical detachment energies (VDEs) of ConO- (n = 1-3) were measured to be 1.54 ± 0.04, 1.43 ± 0.08, and 1.42 ± 0.08 eV respectively from their photoelectron spectra. The electron affinity and term energy of CoO were determined to be 1.54 ± 0.04 eV and 0.31 ± 0.04 eV respectively based on the vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectrum of CoO- and theoretical calculations. The structures of ConO- (n = 1-3) were determined by comparison of photoelectron experiments and calculations. The analysis of molecular orbitals shows that the HOMOs of ConO- (n = 1-3) cluster anions are mainly localized on the Co atoms.

  7. Imaging molecular structure through femtosecond photoelectron diffraction on aligned and oriented gas-phase molecules.

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    Boll, Rebecca; Rouzée, Arnaud; Adolph, Marcus; Anielski, Denis; Aquila, Andrew; Bari, Sadia; Bomme, Cédric; Bostedt, Christoph; Bozek, John D; Chapman, Henry N; Christensen, Lauge; Coffee, Ryan; Coppola, Niccola; De, Sankar; Decleva, Piero; Epp, Sascha W; Erk, Benjamin; Filsinger, Frank; Foucar, Lutz; Gorkhover, Tais; Gumprecht, Lars; Hömke, André; Holmegaard, Lotte; Johnsson, Per; Kienitz, Jens S; Kierspel, Thomas; Krasniqi, Faton; Kühnel, Kai-Uwe; Maurer, Jochen; Messerschmidt, Marc; Moshammer, Robert; Müller, Nele L M; Rudek, Benedikt; Savelyev, Evgeny; Schlichting, Ilme; Schmidt, Carlo; Scholz, Frank; Schorb, Sebastian; Schulz, Joachim; Seltmann, Jörn; Stener, Mauro; Stern, Stephan; Techert, Simone; Thøgersen, Jan; Trippel, Sebastian; Viefhaus, Jens; Vrakking, Marc; Stapelfeldt, Henrik; Küpper, Jochen; Ullrich, Joachim; Rudenko, Artem; Rolles, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    This paper gives an account of our progress towards performing femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules in a pump-probe setup combining optical lasers and an X-ray free-electron laser. We present results of two experiments aimed at measuring photoelectron angular distributions of laser-aligned 1-ethynyl-4-fluorobenzene (C(8)H(5)F) and dissociating, laser-aligned 1,4-dibromobenzene (C(6)H(4)Br(2)) molecules and discuss them in the larger context of photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules. We also show how the strong nanosecond laser pulse used for adiabatically laser-aligning the molecules influences the measured electron and ion spectra and angular distributions, and discuss how this may affect the outcome of future time-resolved photoelectron diffraction experiments.

  8. XPS Observations of Crystal Field Splitting in TiO2 Thin Films in Quantum Confinement Approach

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    Sushkova, Natalya

    2015-03-01

    Transition metal oxides attract increased interest due to amazing electrical and magnetic properties and their outstanding applications designated by relative d-band redistributions that are shifted in such a way that narrow bands arranged by localized electrons are situated in the vicinity of EF. Different kinds of lattice distortions caused by doping and/or quantum size confinement of TM oxides are assigned to remarkable phenomenon Mott metal-insulator transitions, when mutual metal-oxide orbital arrangement changes dramatically. There is a widespread consensus that strong electron correlations are responsible for that change and magnetic excitation is one of manifestations of these correlations. Here we are presenting XPS study of titanium dioxide nanocrystal formations on silicon substrate with native oxide. The dynamic changes in XPS spectra were used for analysis of TiO2 thin films with mass thicknesses up to 2 monolayers formed by redox reactions of sputtered Ti on Si(100) substrate with native oxide implemented in situ under UHV conditions. XPS spectra evolution, as a traditional source of information on phase composition, was complemented by the possibility to estimate the morphology and crystal field splitting of formed precipitates. Intensity fluctuations observed for O1s, Si 2p, Ti2p spectra were accompanied by crystal field splitting in Ti2p and on second derivatives of O1s. These fluctuations were followed by noticeable changes in the vicinity of band gap indicating possible Mott metal-insulator transitions.

  9. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigation of commercial passivated tinplate surface layer

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    Chen, Sheng; Xie, Long; Xue, Fei

    2013-07-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) combined with the low energy Ar+ sputtering technique has been used to investigate the chemical compositions and chemical states of elements at different depths of commercial passivated tinplate surface layer. It is found that Cr2O3, SnO, Cr(OH)3, metallic Sn and a small amount of metallic Cr have been mixed in this layer. According to peak fitting and relative sensitivity factor method, the concentrations of elements in various chemical environments on different depth planes of the passivated tinplate surface layer have been obtained.

  10. Composition of RF-sputtered refractory compounds determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wheeler, D. R.; Brainard, W. A.

    1978-01-01

    RF-sputtered coatings of CrB2, MoSi2, Mo2C, TiC, and MoS2 were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Data on stoichiometry, impurity content, and chemical bonding were obtained. The influences of sputtering target history, deposition time, RF power level, and substrate bias were studied. Significant deviations from stoichiometry and high oxide levels were related to target outgassing. The effect of substrate bias depended on the particular coating material studied.

  11. Composition of RF-sputtered refractory compounds determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wheeler, D. R.; Brainard, W. A.

    1978-01-01

    RF-sputtered coatings of CrB2, MoSi2, Mo2C, TiC, and MoS2 were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Data on stoichiometry, impurity content, and chemical bonding were obtained. The influences of sputtering target history, deposition time, RF power level, and substrate bias were studied. Significant deviations from stoichiometry and high oxide levels were related to target outgassing. The effect of substrate bias depended on the particular coating material studied.

  12. Satellite structure in the Argon 1s photoelectron spectrum

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    Azuma, Y.; LeBrun, T.; MacDonald, M.; Southworth, S.H.

    1995-08-01

    Atomic inner-shell photoelectron spectra typically display several relatively weak {open_quotes}satellite peaks{close_quotes} at higher ionization energy than the primary peak. Such satellite peaks are associated with final-state configurations corresponding to ionization of an inner-shell electron and excitation or ionization of one or more valence electrons. The observation of satellite peaks demonstrates that the independent-electron picture is inadequate to describe atomic structure and the photoionization process. The measured energies and intensities of photoelectron satellites provide sensitive tests of many-electron theoretical models. We recorded the Ar 1s photoelectron spectrum on beam line X-24A at an X-ray energy of 3628 eV. The primary peak at 3206 eV ionization energy was recorded at an observed resolution of 1.8 eV (FWHM). The satellite structure shows remarkable similarity to that recorded in the suprathreshold region of the Ar K photoabsorption cross section, demonstrating the manner in which these techniques complement each other. Surprisingly, while the region just above the K threshold in Ar was the subject of several theoretical studies using multi-configuration calculations, we find good agreement between our results and those of Dyall and collaborators using a shake model.

  13. A new endstation at the Swiss Light Source for ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements of liquid solutions

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    Brown, Matthew A.; Redondo, Amaia Beloqui; Duyckaerts, Nicolas; Mächler, Jean-Pierre; Jordan, Inga; Wörner, Hans Jakob; Lee, Ming-Tao; Ammann, Markus; Nolting, Frithjof; Kleibert, Armin; Huthwelker, Thomas; Birrer, Mario; Honegger, Juri; Wetter, Reto; Bokhoven, Jeroen A. van

    2013-07-15

    A new liquid microjet endstation designed for ultraviolet (UPS) and X-ray (XPS) photoelectron, and partial electron yield X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopies at the Swiss Light Source is presented. The new endstation, which is based on a Scienta HiPP-2 R4000 electron spectrometer, is the first liquid microjet endstation capable of operating in vacuum and in ambient pressures up to the equilibrium vapor pressure of liquid water at room temperature. In addition, the Scienta HiPP-2 R4000 energy analyzer of this new endstation allows for XPS measurements up to 7000 eV electron kinetic energy that will enable electronic structure measurements of bulk solutions and buried interfaces from liquid microjet samples. The endstation is designed to operate at the soft X-ray SIM beamline and at the tender X-ray Phoenix beamline. The endstation can also be operated using a Scienta 5 K ultraviolet helium lamp for dedicated UPS measurements at the vapor-liquid interface using either He I or He II α lines. The design concept, first results from UPS, soft X-ray XPS, and partial electron yield XAS measurements, and an outlook to the potential of this endstation are presented.

  14. Investigations on surface chemical analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and optical properties of Dy3+-doped LiNa3P2O7 phosphor

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    Munirathnam, K.; Dillip, G. R.; Chaurasia, Shivanand; Joo, S. W.; Deva Prasad Raju, B.; John Sushma, N.

    2016-08-01

    Near white-light emitting LiNa3P2O7:Dy3+ phosphors were prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The orthorhombic crystal structure of the phosphors was confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the valence states of the surface elements were determined from the binding energies of Li 1s, O 1s, Na 1s, P 2p, and Dy 3d by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) - Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was employed to identify the pyrophosphate groups in the phosphors. Diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) show the absorption bands of the Dy3+ ions in the host material. Intense blue (481 nm) and yellow (575 nm) emissions were obtained at an excitation wavelength of 351 nm and are attributed to the 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 and 4F9/2 → 6H13/2 transitions of Dy3+ ions, respectively. The combination of these two intense bands generates light emission in the near-white region of the chromaticity diagram.

  15. Characterization of carbonitrided and oxidized layers on low-carbon steel by conversion electron Moessbauer spectrometry, X-ray diffractometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry

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    Kurosawa, K.; Li, H.L.; Ujihira, Y.; Nomura, K.

    1999-03-01

    The structures of low-carbon steel oxidized in an aqueous saline bath at 403 K and a fused salt bath at 673 K after carbonitriding were studied using conversion electron Moessbauer spectrometry (CEMS), x-ray diffractometry (XRD), and x-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS). Only a doublet peak caused by poor crystallinity of iron oxyhydroxides (FeOOH) or fine particles of iron oxides such as magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) and maghemite ({gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was detected in the CEMS spectra of the surface of the carbonitrided steel oxidized in the aqueous saline bath. Corrosion resistance of the carbonitrided specimens was increased by oxidizing. The oxidized layers produced in the aqueous saline bath were superior to those produced in the fused salt bath as a result of pores in the carbonitrided zone being filled with finer particles of iron oxides and the production of tight, thick oxide layers of amorphous iron oxyhydroxides or fine iron oxides. Deformation of iron nitride ({gamma}{prime}-Fe{sub 4}N) crystals in the carbonitrided zone could not be detected by oxidizing in the aqueous saline bath but were detected in the fused salt bath at 673 K.

  16. Auger and X-ray PhotoelectronSpectroscopy Study of the Density ofOxygen States in Bismuth, Aluminum, Silicon, and Uranium Oxides

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    Teterin, Yu A.; Ivanov, K.E.; Teterin, A. Yu; Lebedev, A.M.; Utkin, I.O.; Vukchevich, L.

    1998-08-03

    The correlation of relative partial electron density at the oxygen ions with the intensity of Auger O KLL lines in Bi2O3, Al2O3, SiO2 and UO2 has been determined by Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic methods. The dependence of the relative intensities of Auger O KL2-3L2-3 and O KL1L2-3-lines was characterized from the binding energy of O 1s electrons. The electron density of the outer valence levels of oxygen increases as the relative intensities of Anger OKL2-3L2-3 and O KL1L2-3-lines increase. The fine structure observed in the O KL1L2-3 Auger and the O 2s XPS spectra has been explained by the formation of inner valence molecular orbitals (IVMO) from the interaction of electrons of the O 2s and filled metal ns shells.

  17. The electronic structure of the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} thermoelectric materials: An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study

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    Le, T.K.

    2011-09-15

    A detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study has been performed for the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} (x=0, 0.04 and 0.10) series for a better understanding of the role of the Mg{sup 2+} substitution on the electrical properties and the value of the Seebeck coefficient. This study is based on an analysis of different compounds such as Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Sr{sub 2}RhO{sub 4} and CuCrO{sub 2} in order to characterize different oxidation states (Rh{sup 3+} and Rh{sup 4+} in octahedral oxygen environment and Cu{sup +} in a dumbbell O-Cu-O coordination). The Cu2p signal of copper in the non-doped compounds CuCrO{sub 2} and CuRhO{sub 2} reveals different electronic structures. An evolution of the Cu2p core signal with the increase of Mg{sup 2+} content in the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} is highlighted by XPS. The differences observed, especially for the Cu2p core peaks are discussed for the non-doped compounds CuCrO{sub 2} and CuRhO{sub 2} as for the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} series upon Mg{sup 2+} substitution. - Graphical Abstract: The role of the Mg substitution in the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} as a function of x (x=0, 0.04 and 0.1) has been investigated by following the evolution of the Cu2p spectra obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The filled peaks are assigned to main peak A and A{sub sat} satellites, the hatched peaks to main peak B and B{sub sat} satellites. Highlights: > XPS investigations on CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} (x=0-0.04-0.1) delafossites. > Influence of magnesium doping on to the electrical properties and the electronic structures. > Copper cation keeps two oxidation states Cu{sup +}/Cu{sup 2+} in the CuRh{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} (x=0-0.4-0.1) with an increase of the Cu{sup 2+}/Cu ratio with the x value. > Cu layer seems to contribute to complex electrical transport in such delafossites.

  18. Boronyl Mimics Gold: a Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study

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    Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2015-06-01

    Previous studies have found that gold atom and boronyl bear similarities in bonding in many gas phase clusters. B10(BO), B12(BO), B3(BO)n (n=1, 2) were found to possess similar bonding and structures to B10Au, B12Au, B3Aun (n=1, 2), respectively. During the recent photoelectron spectroscopy experiments, the spectra of BiBO- and BiAu- clusters are found to exhibit similar patterns, hinting that they possess similar geometric structures. While BiAu- is a linear molecule, BiBO- is also linear. The similarity in bonding between BiBO- and BiAu- is owing to the fact that Au and BO are monovalent σ ligands. The electron affinities are measured to be 1.79±0.04eV for BiBO- and 1.36±0.02eV for BiAu-. The current results provide new examples for the BO/Au isolobal analogy and enrich the chemistry of boronyl and gold. H.-J. Zhai, C.-Q. Miao, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 12155-1216 Q. Chen, H. Bai, H.-J. Zhai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 139, 044308 H. Bai, H.-J. Zhai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 9646-9653 H.-J. Zhai, Q. Chen, H. Bai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 2435-2445

  19. Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of triphenylene

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2014-06-28

    We report vibrational information of both the first electronically excited state and the ground cationic state of jet-cooled triphenylene via the techniques of resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy. The first excited electronic state S{sub 1} of the neutral molecule is of A{sub 1}′ symmetry and is therefore electric dipole forbidden in the D{sub 3h} group. Consequently, there are no observable Franck-Condon allowed totally symmetric a{sub 1}′ vibrational bands in the REMPI spectrum. All observed vibrational transitions are due to Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling to the E′ third electronically excited state S{sub 3}. The assignment of all vibrational bands as e′ symmetry is based on comparisons with calculations using the time dependent density functional theory and spectroscopic simulations. When an electron is eliminated, the molecular frame undergoes Jahn-Teller distortion, lowering the point group to C{sub 2v} and resulting in two nearly degenerate electronic states of A{sub 2} and B{sub 1} symmetry. Here we follow a crude treatment by assuming that all e′ vibrational modes resolve into b{sub 2} and a{sub 1} modes in the C{sub 2v} molecular frame. Some observed ZEKE transitions are tentatively assigned, and the adiabatic ionization threshold is determined to be 63 365 ± 7 cm{sup −1}. The observed ZEKE spectra contain a consistent pattern, with a cluster of transitions centered near the same vibrational level of the cation as that of the intermediate state, roughly consistent with the propensity rule. However, complete assignment of the detailed vibrational structure due to Jahn-Teller coupling requires much more extensive calculations, which will be performed in the future.

  20. Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of triphenylene

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2014-06-01

    We report vibrational information of both the first electronically excited state and the ground cationic state of jet-cooled triphenylene via the techniques of resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy. The first excited electronic state S1 of the neutral molecule is of A1' symmetry and is therefore electric dipole forbidden in the D3h group. Consequently, there are no observable Franck-Condon allowed totally symmetric a1' vibrational bands in the REMPI spectrum. All observed vibrational transitions are due to Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling to the E' third electronically excited state S3. The assignment of all vibrational bands as e' symmetry is based on comparisons with calculations using the time dependent density functional theory and spectroscopic simulations. When an electron is eliminated, the molecular frame undergoes Jahn-Teller distortion, lowering the point group to C2v and resulting in two nearly degenerate electronic states of A2 and B1 symmetry. Here we follow a crude treatment by assuming that all e' vibrational modes resolve into b2 and a1 modes in the C2v molecular frame. Some observed ZEKE transitions are tentatively assigned, and the adiabatic ionization threshold is determined to be 63 365 ± 7 cm-1. The observed ZEKE spectra contain a consistent pattern, with a cluster of transitions centered near the same vibrational level of the cation as that of the intermediate state, roughly consistent with the propensity rule. However, complete assignment of the detailed vibrational structure due to Jahn-Teller coupling requires much more extensive calculations, which will be performed in the future.